By Les Dixon / Staff Writer
CORBIN — Harlan coach Derrick Akal knew his team needed to change things up during their second meeting with the Barbourville Lady Tigers.
During the two teams’ first meeting, Barbourville scored 78 points during an eight-point win that saw the Lady Tigers hurt the Lady Green Dragons with their outside shooting.
This time around it was a total role reversal.
Harlan limited Barbourville to only 17-of-59 shooting, including seven-of-24 shooting from the floor during its 53-51 win over the Lady Tigers.
“We played them zone (tonight), but the first time we played them, we played strictly man,” Akal said. “We were hoping they didn’t make threes.
“They just made too many threes the first time we played them, and we didn’t want to give them any open threes this time around,” he added. “I thought we did a good job of doing that tonight.”
Harlan also managed to get a strong showing of scorers in the win.
The Lady Green Dragons had three players score in double figures with Jourdan Ledford leading the way with 15 points while knocking down three-of-four shot attempts from three-point range while Emma Bianchi recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds on six-of-seven shooting and Jordan Brock finished with 12 points.
“Jourdan Ledford hit some big threes,” Akal said. “we had some other players step up and we needed that tonight. That was big for us.”
Harlan started the game off hot, building a 13-9 lead in the first quarter, while building a 27-19 edge at halftime.
The Lady Tigers began to cut their deficit in the third quarter, thanks to an eight-of-15 shooting effort. Kara Erslan caught the hot hand and scored five points during the period, while Laken Woolum hit all three of her shots during the quarter, including two three-pointers. Her second three-pointer of the game made the score 41-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
But just when it looked as if Barbourville was getting back into the ball game, Harlan went on a 10-3 run thanks to the Lady Tigers’ inability to get a basket.
Andrea Hillard’s squad misfired on its first 10 shots of the fourth quarter, allowing Harlan to take a 51-40 edge with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
But just when it looked like the game was out of reach, Barbourville made one final rally thanks to the Erslan sisters.
Kelsey Erslan started the rally with a basket with 1:02 remaining to make the score, 51-42. Then Kara Erslan followed with a three-pointer and a layup to make the score 51-48 with :43 remaining.
She added another three-pointer with 0.9 seconds left, but the damage had already been done.
Kara Erslan led Barbourville with a 23-point effort while Amber Mills finished with an 11-point effort.
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Harlan 53, Barbourville 51
Harlan 13 14 14 12 – 53
Barbourville 9 10 18 14 – 51
Harlan (53) – Emma Bianchi 14, Jordan Ledord 15, Jenkins 2, Jordan Brock 12, Maci Charles 3, Mitchell 3, King 4.
Barbourville (51) – Ke. Erslan 4, Mills 11, Kaylan Liford 4, Kayla Erslan 23, Woolum 9.
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