Ray Welch | Daily News

Harlan guard Emma Owens looked to make a pass as Middlesboro’s Grace Temple defended in 13th Region All “A” Classic action Tuesday. The Lady Dragons advanced with a 45-38 victory.

Lady Dragons hold off Middlesboro in All ‘A’ regional

Ella Karst put the Harlan Lady Dragons in control by hitting five shots in the second quarter, including three 3-pointers, then Natalee King made certain they stayed ahead by connecting on five of eight free throws in the fourth quarter as Harlan advanced to the 13th Region All “A’ Classic semifinals with a 45-38 win Tuesday at Pineville.

Karst, an eighth-grade guard, scored 18 to lead the 8-5 Lady Dragons. King, a senior forward, added 13 points.

Emrey Glover led the 2-12 Lady Jackets with 11 points.

Harlan will play Jackson County on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals. Pineville will take on Williamsburg at 6 in the opening semifinal. The championship game is set for Friday at 7 p.m.

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Harlan 45, Middlesboro 38

HARLAN (8-5)

Ella Karst 6 2-2 18, Emma Owens 0 2-2 2, Angel Wynn 2 0-0 5, Aymanni Wynn 1 3-5 6, Natalee King 2 9-14 13, Kaylee Leslie 0 0-0 0, Alli Thompson 0 1-1 1, Peighton Jones 0 0-0 0, Faith Hoskins 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 17-24

MIDDLESBORO (2-12)

Gracie Gent 1 4-5 6, Emrey Glover 4 3-4 11, Grace Temple 0 0-0 0, Kailey Owens 1 1-4 3, Gracie Moles 3 0-0 9, Macy Mink 0 0-0 0, Keevi Betts 2 0-0 4, Kamryn Keith 2 1-2 5, Halaya Brown 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 9-15 38.

Harlan 8 15 9 13 — 45

Middlesboro 9 6 13 10 — 38

3-point goals: Harlan 6 (Karst 4, Angel Wynn 1, Aymanni Wynn 1), MIddlesboro 3 (Moles 3).