The Harlan Lady Dragons are continuing to show why they are a legitimate contender to win the 13th Region title in March. The visiting Lady Dragons improved their record to 21-4 on the season with a 65-53 win over the Corbin Lady Redhounds on Friday.
Corbin entered the game with back-to-back losses to North Laurel and Clay County. An upset of Harlan would have been a big momentum boost for coach Jason McDaniel’s group heading into the postseason, but Harlan’s Jordan Brock had other plans.
Brock exploded with a 43-point performance, carrying her team to the win. No other Lady Dragon finished with double figures, as Brock carved up the Corbin defense all night.
It wasn’t just the Harlan offense that played well on Friday. Corbin is known as one of the best offensive teams in the region, but was limited to just 24 points in the first half, putting the Lady Redhounds in a hole they could not dig their way out of.
Jaclyn Jewell led Cobrin with 13 points on the night. Kameryn Ashurst and Morgan Philpot added 10 apiece.
Brock wasted no time getting going on her scoring rampage. The junior scored 11 of her team’s 18 first quarter points, helping the Lady Green Dragons jump out to an 18-11 lead after one. Brock did not slow down in the second quarter, outscoring the entire Lady Redhounds’ squad, as she poured in 19 of her 43 points in the period. Behind the impressive performance, Harlan extended their lead to 40-24 at the half.
After a poor first half performance, Corbin’s defense buckled down in the second half. Brock scored two points in the third and was the only Lady Dragon to score in the fourth, with 11. But, Corbin’s offense continued to struggle in the second half and McDaniel’s squad was never able to get back into the game, falling 65-53.
With the regular season wrapped up, both teams will enter their respective district tournaments at the top seeds next week. Harlan will play Middlesboro, while Corbin takes on Williamsburg.