Photo by Les Nicholson

Harlan guard Cade Barnes went up for a block in action earlier this season at Knox Central. The Green Dragons fell 71-50 to Somerset on Wednesday and 80-77 to East Jessamine on Thursday in the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic.

Green Dragons drop two in tourney

Harlan ran into one of the state’s hottest teams in the first round of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic and dropped into the consolation bracket with a 71-50 loss Wednesday at Somerset.

Senior guard Kross Grundy led the 11-1 Jumpers, winners of eight straight, with 28 points. Kade Grundy and Andrew Wilson added 10 points each.

Junior guard Kilian Ledford scored 22 points to lead the 0-8 Dragons, who will play East Jessamine on Thursday.

Harlan stayed close early, playing to a 9-9 after one period before the Jumpers pulled away by outscoring the Dragons 26-9 in the second period as Kross Grundy scored 11.

The Dragons and Jumpers each scored 14 points in the third quarter as Somerset led 49-32 going into the final period. Somerset outscored Harlan 22-18 in the fourth quarter.

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Somerset 71, Harlan 50

HARLAN (0-8)

Jordan Akal 3 1-2 9, Cade Barnes 1 0-2 2, Jacob Wilson 2 1-2 6, Kilian Ledford 7 3-5 22, Jon Eldridge 1 1-2 3, Carter Barnes 1 0-0 2, Jared Hawkins 2 0-0 4, Caleb Adkins 0 0-1 0, Tate Bryson 0 0-0 0, Austin Adams 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 6-14 50.

SOMERSET (11-1)

Kade Grundy 4 2-5 10, Collin Hartmann 1 2-2 4, Kross Grundy 9 5-7 28, Josh Cornett 2 2-3 7, Andrew Wilson 4 2-4 10, Jase Bruner 1 0-0 2, Dakoda Acey 2 0-0 4, Ty Teris 1 0-0 3. Totals: 25 13-21 71.

Harlan 9 9 14 18 — 50

Somerset 9 26 14 22 — 71

3-point goals: Harlan 8 (Ledford 5, Akal 2, Wilson 1), Somerset 8 (Grandy 5, Cothan 1, Cornett 1, Teris 1).

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Harlan built a 49-35 halftime lead against East Jessamine in the second round of the tournament but couldn’t hang on as the Jaguars, of the 12th Region, outscored the Dragons 19-10 in the third quarter and 26-18 in the fourth period to rally for an 80-77 win.

Junior guard Kilian Ledford had another big game for the 0-9 Dragons with 28 points, including seven 3-pointers. Sophomore center Jon Eldridge added 16 points and junior guard Cade Barnes chipped in with 11.

Harlan hit 14 3-pointers in the game.

Sophomore forward Will O’Bryan and senior guard Jacob Bradshaw led a balanced East Jessamine (4-9) attack with 15 points each. Mike Powell and DeAnte Sanon scored 12 each. Ben Thompson chipped in with 10.

Ledford and Barnes each had three baskets in the first quarter to help Harlan get off to a fast start. Ledford scored 10 points in the second quarter and Eldridge added eight as the Dragons built a 14-point lead.

Harlan will play Roger Bacon (Ohio) on Friday in the consolation round.

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East Jessamine 80, Harlan 77

EAST JESSAMINE (4-9)

Mike Powell 4 4-4 12, Ben Thompson 3 2-2 10, DeAnta Sanon 4 4-7 12, Will O’ Bryan 5 4-5 15, Zion Thomas 3 3-5 9, Jacob Bradshaw 5 3-3 15, Tyler Pitney 3 1-2 7. Totals: 27 21-28 80.

HARLAN (0-9)

Jordan Akal 2 2-2 8, Cade Barnes 4 0-0 11, Jacob Wilson 2 2-4 7, Kilian Ledford 8 5-6 28, Jon Eldridge 6 4-7 16, Carter Barnes 2 0-0 4, Jared Hawkins 1 0-0 3, Tyler Carmical 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 11-17 77.

East Jessamine 21 14 19 26 — 80

Harlan 23 26 10 18 — 77

3-point goals: East Jessamine 5 (Thompson 2, Bradshaw 2, O’ Bryan 1), Harlan 14 (Ledford 7, Cade Barnes 3, Akal 2, Wilson 1, Hawkins 1).