Harlan County closed its season with a feel-good victory, placing five in double figures in a 70-39 win Friday over Lynn Camp.
The visiting Wildcats were very much in striking distance late in the first half before HCHS closed the period with five straight points and added 12 more to start the third quarter to take control.
“We got a good start to the third quarter defensively,” Harlan County coach Mike Jones said. “We didn’t always finish, but we turned them over, and I think that kind of set the tone for the rest of the quarter.”
“I thought we played with great effort in the first half, but we missed some easy shots, including a breakaway when It was 25-21,” Lynn Camp coach Eric Swords said. “From that point on, they made a run to push it to seven at halftime. I think we kind of let up the second half. I guess we were satisfied in it being close.”
Junior forward Zach Caldwell bounced back from a bad game Thursday at Whitley County to lead the Bears with 15 points, 12 rebounds and at least six assists as he often found teammates for layups in transition.
“He came ready to play tonight and gave us some good leadership. That’s what we’ve got to have,” Jones said.
Scotty Bailey, a rare three-sport standout, scored 10 points and limited Lynn Camp star Skylar McFarland to 12 points on four-of-12 shooting. Bailey played his final home in his only season of high school basketball,
“We gave him their best player to set the tone,” Jones said. “He did a nice job defensively. Scotty has played hard and given us the effort all year. I’m thankful he came out and proud of the effort he gave all year.”
Junior point guard Cody Bumgardner added 12 points on six-of-six shooting despite being in foul trouble much of the night. Freshmen Treyce Spurlock and Cameron Carmical continued their season-long improvement trend with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
A layup by Carmical and three-point play by Spurlock helped the Bears take a 28-21 lead into the break. Bumgardner and Caldwell each had two baskets in a 12-0 spurt to start the third quarter as Lynn Camp didn’t score until McFarland hit two free throws with 3:22 left in the period. McFarland was the only Wildcat in double figures as Harlan County had a strong game defensively, limiting Lynn Camp to 28 percent (13 of 46) shooting.
Bailey had three baskets in the fourth quarter before coming out of the game for the final time at the HCHS gym. Freshman guard Jared Sizemore provided an outside threat off the bench with a pair of 3-pointers as Harlan County outscored Lynn Camp 26-10 in the final period. The Bears shot 54 percent (29 of 54) for the game.
Lynn Camp (8-21) had won five of seven before losing its last three going into a 51st District Tournament matchup Tuesday against Knox Central
“We got a lot better,” Swords said. “Our schedule was pretty tough early, but then we won four straight at one point. We thought this game could help us get ready for Knox Central, so we added it kind of late. We’re getting there. We’re young. We have everyone back but one guy, so I think the future is bright.”
Harlan County will play Middlesboro on Tuesday in the 52nd District Tournament. The Black Bears looked good in a win over Middlesboro at home but played one of their worst games in a blowout loss at Middlesboro in the rematch.
“We told the kids it was up to them. We’d prepare them the best we could, but it would be up to them Tuesday night,” Jones said.
Harlan County reeled off 25 unanswered points in the first half after falling behind 4-0 in the opening minute, rolling to a 46-18 win in the junior varsity to close the season with a 13-3 record.
Sophomore forward Cody Brewer scored 14 points to lead the Black Bears. David Turner contributed eight points, followed by William Bowling with seven, Jared Sizemore with five, Joey Swanner and Malik Simmons with four each and Bradley Lewis and Tahj Bryant with two each.
Jaydon Elliott led Lynn Camp with seven points. Trenton Phipps and Dylan Brown added three each. Antonio Trepesano and Dylan Guinn scored two each. Branson Teague added one.
LYNN CAMP (8-21)
Bruce Hopkins 3-6 2-3 8, Skylar McFarland 4-12 3-5 12, Justin Hammonds 2-8 2-2 7, Austin Withrow 2-5 1-2 5, Austin Allen 1-8 0-0 2, Justin Taylor 0-1 0-0 0, Antonio Trepesana 0-0 0-0 0, Jenson Hollin 1-3 0-0 2, Trenton Phipps 0-1 3-4 3, Andrew Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Jayden Elliott 0-0 0-0 0, Branson Teague 0-0 0-0 0, Branson Roaden 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-45 11-16 39.
HARLAN COUNTY (14-14)
Cody Bumgardner 6-6 0-1 12, Cameron Carmical 4-6 2-3 10, Treyce Spurlock 5-11 1-1 11, Zach Caldwell 6-12 3-7 15, Scotty Bailey 5-11 0-2 10, Trey Sanders 0-1 0-1 0, Cody Brewer 0-1 0-0 0, David Turner 0-1 4-6 4, Jared Sizemore 2-2 0-0 6, William Bowling 0-2 0-0 0, Tommy North 0-0 0-0 0, Malik Simmons 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 29-54 10-21 70.
Lynn Camp 13 8 8 10 — 39
Harlan County 16 12 16 26 — 70
3-point goals: Lynn Camp 2-12 (McFarland 1-4, Hammonds 1-4, Hopkins 0-1, WIthrow 0-1, Allen 0-1, Taylor 0-1), Harlan County 2-10 (SIzemore 2-2, Carmical 0-1, Spurlock 0-1, Sanders 0-1, Brewer 0-1, Caldwell 0-2, Bowling 0-2). Rebounds: Lynn Camp 25 (), Harlan County 29 (Caldwell 12). Turnovers: Lynn Camp 22, Harlan County 13. Fouled out: Lynn Camp (Withrow). Technical fouls: Lynn Camp (Withrow), Harlan County (Caldwell).