CORBIN — After missing his only two shots in the first quarter and not going after a loose ball hard enough to satisfy his coach, sophomore guard Jacob Bundy watched the second quarter of Tuesday’s game against visiting Harlan from the Lynn Camp bench.
When he returned in the third quarter, Bundy was a difference maker. He hit five of six shots in the second half, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as Lynn Camp wiped out a four-point deficit with a 16-3 run to close the game on the way to a 54-45 win.
“He didn’t seem to want to play the first quarter, so I took him out. He saw he needed to play hard and that’s what he did,” Lynn Camp coach Dinky Phipps said. “We had to make some adjustments, take some kids and put others in. We had to do what we could to win,” Phipps said.
“Turnovers hurt us, and we have difficulty rebounding with them because they’re so big,” Harlan coach David Parks said. “We did OK the first half, but they put us in a bind the second half with the way their offense was set up. We had trouble getting kids where they need to be. There are some things we need to work on.”
Senior forward Austin Weddle led the balanced Lynn Camp (16-9) attack with 14 points. Bundy contributed 12 points, and senior center Austin Maier scored 10.
Harlan (15-11) was led by senior guard Drew Parks with 15 points, junior forward Trent McKenzie with 12 and freshman forward Kilian Ledford with 10.
McKenzie dominated the paint in the opening quarter against the much taller Wildcats, hitting five of six shots. Parks added three baskets, including two 3-pointers, as the Dragons built a 20-13 lead.
Lynn Camp tightened its defense in the second quarter, forcing Harlan into nine turnovers while limiting the Dragons to only four shots from the field.
“We had 14 possessions in the second quarter and nine turnovers. We can’t beat anybody doing that,” Parks said.
Two straight baskets by Weddle capped a 13-3 run to open the second quarter. A 3-pointer by Parks and basket by Kendal Brock helped Harlan tie the game at 28-28 by halftime.
The lead changed hands four times in the third quarter before two straight baskets by Bundy helped the Cats go up 38-36 by the end of the period.
Ledford’s 3-pointer with 6:15 to play put Harlan up by four before Lynn Camp took control by dominating the boards and limiting the Dragons to three-of-10 shooting in the fourth quarter. Ledford had all three of the Dragons’ field goals in the period.
Harlan returns to action Thursday at home against Pineville before closing the regular season Friday at Corbin.
Cade Barnes scored 13 points and Carter Barnes added 10 as Harlan improved to 13-1 in junior varsity action with a 42-24 win.
Jarrett McKenzie contributed eight points, followed by Kendal Brock with seven and Tate Bryson and Caleb Adkins with two each.
Andrew Jones scored 11 for Lynn Camp. Dylan Guinn added eight. Jacob Bundy scored three. Dominick Cook tossed in two.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134