Harlan, HC in Final 4


By John Henson - [email protected]



Les Nicholson | Corbin Times Tribune Harlan County freshman guard Reanna Middleton went up for a basket after a steal on Wednesday in the third quarter of the Lady Bears’ 35-30 win over Clay County. Harlan County will play South Laurel on Friday in the semifinals.


Harlan County 35

Clay County 30

HARLAN COUNTY (24-8)

Phebe McHargue 0-3 2-2 2, Reanna Middleton 3-6 0-0 7, Blair Green 5-10 2-2 12, Breann Turner 0-3 0-1 0, Kaylea Gross 3-7 8-9 14, Lainey Cox 0-2 0-0 0, Kate Evans 0-0 0-0 0, Leah Evans 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-31 12-14 35.

CLAY COUNTY (16-14)

Kelli Roberts 4-15 0-0 9, Kaylee Mathis 1-6 1-3 6, Shelby Phillips 3-3 0-0 9, Kimberlyn Mills 0-1 2-2 2, Summer Parker 2-2 1-1 5, Taylor Asher 1-1 0-0 2, Kayleigh Hicks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-28 4-6 30.

Harlan County 15 3 13 4 — 35

Clay County 11 12 4 3 — 30

3-point goals: Harlan County 1-7 (Middleton 1-3, Green 0-1, McHargue 0-3), Clay County 4-12 (Phillips (3-3, Roberts 1-6, Mills 0-1, Mathis 0-2). Rebounds: Harlan County 18 (Gross 7, Turner 4, K. Evans 2, McHargue 1, Middleton 1, Green 1, Cox 1, L. Evans 1), Clay County 21 (Mathis 6, Parker 5, Phillips 4, Roberts 2, Mills 2, Asher 2). Turnovers: Harlan County 7, Clay County 11. Fouled out: None.

It will be a doubleheader pitting Harlan County against Laurel County in the girls 13th Region Tournament semifinals on Friday evening at the Corbin Arena.

Harlan (25-4), the regional favorite all season after back-to-back runner up finishes, advanced with a 57-35 win over Knox Central on Monday in the first round. North Laurel (23-9), ranked second most of the year, defeated Corbin in the opening game of the tournament and will play Harlan in the opening semifinal game at 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Dragons defeated North Laurel 46-43 on Dec. 3 in London in the opening game of the season for Harlan.

Harlan County (22-8) moved to the semifinals for the first time since 2013 with a 35-30 win Tuesday over Clay County. The Lady Bears will play South Laurel (16-16) on Friday at 8 p.m. South advanced with a 59-43 win over Pineville.

The Lady Bears defeated South Laurel 58-52 on Dec. 12 in London in the only meeting between the two teams this year.

The two winners Friday will play Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for the regional title. The 13th Region champ will play the 3rd Region winner next Thursday in the Sweet 16 at at Northern Kentucky University.

The boys tournament opened Wednesday night with 51st District champion Knox Central upsetting North Laurel 71-69 in three overtimes. South Laurel, the highest ranked team in the region most of the season and the champion of the 50th District, played 52nd District runner up Bell County at 8 p.m.

Harlan County, the champions of the 52nd District, will play Corbin on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Corbin handed Harlan County its only 13th Region loss, 57-55, in January at Corbin. Clay County, champions of the 49th District, will play 51st District runner up Barbourville at 8 p.m. in the final game of the first round.

The semifinals are set for Saturday at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., with the championship game scheduled Monday at 7:30 p.m. The 13th Region champ will play the winner of the 2nd Region in the state tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

Les Nicholson | Corbin Times Tribune Harlan County freshman guard Reanna Middleton went up for a basket after a steal on Wednesday in the third quarter of the Lady Bears’ 35-30 win over Clay County. Harlan County will play South Laurel on Friday in the semifinals.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_1-LN-Reanna-Middleton-vs-Taylor-Asher.jpgLes Nicholson | Corbin Times Tribune Harlan County freshman guard Reanna Middleton went up for a basket after a steal on Wednesday in the third quarter of the Lady Bears’ 35-30 win over Clay County. Harlan County will play South Laurel on Friday in the semifinals.

By John Henson

[email protected]

Harlan County 35

Clay County 30

HARLAN COUNTY (24-8)

Phebe McHargue 0-3 2-2 2, Reanna Middleton 3-6 0-0 7, Blair Green 5-10 2-2 12, Breann Turner 0-3 0-1 0, Kaylea Gross 3-7 8-9 14, Lainey Cox 0-2 0-0 0, Kate Evans 0-0 0-0 0, Leah Evans 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-31 12-14 35.

CLAY COUNTY (16-14)

Kelli Roberts 4-15 0-0 9, Kaylee Mathis 1-6 1-3 6, Shelby Phillips 3-3 0-0 9, Kimberlyn Mills 0-1 2-2 2, Summer Parker 2-2 1-1 5, Taylor Asher 1-1 0-0 2, Kayleigh Hicks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-28 4-6 30.

Harlan County 15 3 13 4 — 35

Clay County 11 12 4 3 — 30

3-point goals: Harlan County 1-7 (Middleton 1-3, Green 0-1, McHargue 0-3), Clay County 4-12 (Phillips (3-3, Roberts 1-6, Mills 0-1, Mathis 0-2). Rebounds: Harlan County 18 (Gross 7, Turner 4, K. Evans 2, McHargue 1, Middleton 1, Green 1, Cox 1, L. Evans 1), Clay County 21 (Mathis 6, Parker 5, Phillips 4, Roberts 2, Mills 2, Asher 2). Turnovers: Harlan County 7, Clay County 11. Fouled out: None.

Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134

Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134

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