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January 22, 2013

Lady Tigers fall to Harlan Co.; get weekend win over W'burg


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John Henson / For The Times-Tribune

HARLAN — Over 10 minutes into Monday's game against visiting Barbourville, the Harlan County Lady Bears had yet to allow a field goal.

When Kara Erslan finally broke the ice with 5:20 left in the first half, HCHS coach Anthony Nolan wasted no time in calling a timeout. It's clear the bar has been set pretty high for the Harlan County defense, which had another strong effort in a 54-40 win that improved the Lady Bears' season record to 19-3.

“The start got us. We didn't shoot the ball well, and we didn't play defense like we normally do,” Barbourville coach Andrea Hillard said.

Freshman guard Brooklyn Massingill provided more than enough offense, scoring 16 of her team-high 21 points in the second quarter as Harlan County built a 14-point lead at halftime.

Senior center Sarah Evans was a matchup problem for the smaller Lady Tigers with an 18-point, 11-rebound effort as the Lady Bears improved to 19-3.

“I think Sarah moved better tonight,” Nolan said. “I think our kids fed the post better tonight. We had several nice assists.”

“Boards killed us all night, especially offensive boards,” said Hillard of the Lady Bears' 34-19 rebounding advantage. "Help side defense hurt us. We gave up too many easy post points.”

Barbourville (14-7) featured a balanced attack as Kara Erslan scored 12 followed by Amber Mills with 11 and Kelsey Erslan with 10.

Evans dominated early with three baskets in the first quarter as Harlan County took a 12-6 lead over the Lady Tigers, who missed all nine shots from the field.

The Lady Tigers didn't give up though, scoring the final six points of the third quarter to pull within 14.

Kara Erslan's three-pointer capped a 9-2 run to open the fourth period, getting Barbourville to within seven, at 47-40, with 2:30 left. Bella Noe found Evans for a layup to stop the Barbourville run. Evans and Noe each hit two free throws in a 7-0 HCHS run to end the game.

“We didn't quit,” Hillard said. “They never put their head down.”

Harlan County 54, Barbourville 40

Barbourville       6  11  14  9  40

Harlan County  12  19  14  9  54

Harlan County (54) – Stittums 2, Massingill 21, Noe 6, Evans 18, Cornett 5, Mimes 2.

Barbourville (40) – Tate 6, Mills 11, Kelsey Erslan 10, Kara Erslan 12.

Barbourville 57, Williamsburg 50

By Les Dixon

Sports Editor

BARBOURVILLE — The duo of Kara and Kelsey Erslan came up big again for the Lady Tigers as the twin sisters combined to score 38 points during Barbourville’s 57-50 win over Williamsburg Saturday.

The game was close throughout with the Lady Tigers holding on to a slim 12-16 lead at halftime, but a 17-11 run by Barbourville in the third quarter alloed the Lady Tigers to pull away.

Kara Erslan led the Lady Tigers with 26 points on 12-of-12 shooting from the free-throw line while Kelsey Erslan added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Williamsburg was led in scoring by Carrisa Conlin’s 15-point effort.

Barbourville 57, Williamsburg 50

Williamsburg  6  10  11  23  50

Barbourville  13    8  17  19  57

Willaimsburg (50) — Conlin 15, Davis 9, Ash 8, Berry 6, Brown 4, Maxey 4, Anderson 2, Harris 2.

Barbourville (57) — Ka. Erslan 26, Ke. Erslan 12, Mills 9, Liford 4, Bunch 4, Tate 2.