Harlan caps tourney with rout of South
An Enterprise Staff Report
Harlan closed a strong showing in the Cumberland Falls Invitational in impressive fashion Friday. The Lady Dragons earned a fifth-place finish in the tournament with a 78-42 rout of South Laurel.
Senior Jourdan Ledford had 11 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, as Harlan (1-3) jumped out to a 19-8 advantage after one quarter. Ledford finished with 25 points and five treys in the contest. Freshman standout Jordan Brock added eight points in the first quarter to complete the Lady Dragons offensive output. Brock had 22 points in the contest.
“It was great to get a win. The ladies need that after three hard-fought games,” said Harlan coach Derrick Akal. “It was also good to get Jourdan Ledford on track. We have gotten better with each game, and now we have to prepare two more of the top teams in our region with Clay County and Bell County at home next week. We still have to cut down on our unforced turnovers.”
The Lady Dragons continued to pull away throughout the second quarter. Shanae Thomas came off the bench to score all six of her points in the period as the lead grew to 36-15 at the half.
Harlan put the game out of reach with another dominant eight minutes after the half. The Lady Dragons outscored South Laurel (0-3) 24-12 in the quarter to push the advantage to 33 points. Seven Lady Dragons scored in the third quarter in a balanced offensive effort.
Torri Mitchell had six points in the final period as Harlan cruised to the win.
Harlan fell to 12th Region power Southwestern 75-66 in the final game of preliminary play.
Emma Bianchi led the way with seven of her 10 points in the first quarter as the Lady Dragons trailed by just one.
The Lady Warriors outscored Harlan 18-11 in a decisive second quarter. The Lady Dragons were unable to dig themselves out of the hole the rest of the way. Adison Corder recorded 10 of her 19 points in the second quarter to power Southwestern to a 34-26 lead at the break.
Brock poured in 20 points in the second half, but the Lady Dragons were unable to close the gap. Southwestern stretched the lead to 53-42 after three quarters.
Destiny Molden kept the Lady Warriors in front with 11 points in the final period. Molden paced the Lady Warriors with 21 points.
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HARLAN (78) — Jordan Brock 22, Jourdan Ledford 25, Masie Charles 3, Emma Bianchi 2, Kaitlin Jenkins 2, Mackenzie King 9, Torri MItchell 8, Shanae Thomas 6, Bethany Day 1.
SOUTH LAUREL (42) — Bailey Miller 3, Brittany Vandeventer 2, Morgan Madden 2, Preslie Baker 3, Shelby Davis 13, Katie Reynolds 3, Maegan Niece 2, Austin Hacker 3, Rebecca Phelps 4, Taylor Cromer 7.
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SOUTHWESTERN (75) — Allie Venable 2, Cassi Reed 2, Destiny Molden 21, Elisabeth Latham 11, Dylana Fothergill 3, Samantha Fitzgerald 11, Adison Corder 19, Madison Cook 6.
HARLAN (66) — Jordan Brock 24, Jourdan Ledford 7, Masie Charles 8, Emma Bianchi 10, Kaitlin Jenkins 7, Mackenzie King 1, Torri Mitchell 2, Katie King 1, Shanae Thomas 5.
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