Harlan coach Tara Posey saw plenty of potential but not enough production in the Lady Dragons’ season-opening 16-25, 15-25 loss Monday to visiting Clay County.
“They played very nervous,” Harlan coach Tara Posey said. “We had a ray of light of what our team can be. We just have to connect on the sets and work on communication more. Clay is a very athletic team. I had some JV girls come in the varsity and do well. Taylor Smith came in and got us a few good sets, as well as Jasmine Honeycutt getting a kill.”
Paige Woodsby led Harlan in the first set five service points. Hannah Vaughn added three. Tarolynn Burkhart, Jesse Cochran and Dani Miller contributed two each. Shanae Thomas had one. Burkhart had three kills, while Cochran and Thomas added one each.
Vaughn had five service points to lead Harlan in the second set. Cochran, Miller and Smith added two each. Burkhart, Woodsby, Thomas and Honeycutt contributed one each. Burkhart had two kills while Thomas and Honeycutt added one each.
“We are trying to get as many games in the next two weeks as we can to prepare us for the All “A” Classic on Aug. 30,” Posey said. “I’m hoping by playing these big schools, such as Clay County, Letcher Central and Leslie County, we can gain some helpful knowledge of our weaknesses to improve. Our girls are certainly going to be put to the test the next couple of weeks.”
Harlan will play host to Leslie County on Tuesday and Barbourville on Thursday.