Middlesboro, Harlan split district doubleheader

Middlesboro rallied from an 11-point deficit going into the fourth quarter for a 49-47 win Tuesday over visiting Harlan in a 52nd District clash.

Senior guard Jabari Kyle scored 12 of his game-high 26 points in the final period to lead the 16-8 Jackets. Trey Brock added 13 points.

Sophomore guard Jordan Akal led the 10-11 Dragons with 24 points.

The loss by the Dragons clinched the top seed in the district for Harlan County, which will travel to Harlan on Friday for a girls/boys doubleheader. Middlesboro, Harlan and Bell County are all 2-3 in district action. Middlesboro will travel to Bell County on Friday.

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Middlesboro 49, Harlan 47

MIDDLESBORO (16-8)

Jabari Kyle 9 6-6 26, Jordan Davis 1 0-0 2, Trey Brock 4 4-6 13, T.J. Patterson 2 0-1 4, Jay Tyler West 0 1-2 1, Eric Helton 0 0-0 0, Bryson Barnard 1 0-0 3. Totals: 16 11-15 49.

HARLAN (10-11)

Jordan Akal 6 7-8 24, Kaleb McLendon 3 0-0 8, Jaedyn Gist 1 1-2 3, Johann Gist 0 0-0 0, Jon Eldridge 2 4-4 8, Charles David Morton 1 0-0 3, Kyler McLendon 0 1-2 1, Jayden Ward 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 13-14 47.

Harlan 14 10 16 7 — 47

Middlesboro 12 10 7 20 — 49

3-point goals: Harlan 8 (Akal 5, Kaleb McLendon 2, Morton 1), Middlesboro 6 (Kyle 4, Brock 1, Barnard 1).

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Clutch free throw shooting helped the Harlan Lady Dragons end a five-game losing streak with a 41-40 overtime district victory Tuesday at Middlesboro.

Guards Ella Karst and Angel Wynn hit eight of 10 at the free throw line in the extra period to send Harlan to the win. Karst scored 17 and Wynn added 10 for the Lady Dragons.

Kailey Owens led Middlesboro with 17 points.

Harlan (10-12) plays host to Harlan County on Friday in a girls/boys doubleheader. Middlesboro (4-17) travels to Bell County on Friday.

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Harlan (41) — Ella Karst 17 Angel Wynn 10, Aymanni Wynn 4, Natalee King 8, Alli Thompson 0, Emma Owens 0, Peighton Jones 2.

Middlesboro (40) — Grace Gent 7, Kailey Owens 17, Emrey Glover 5, Grace Temple 2, Gracie Moles 5, Kirsten Keith 2, Keevi Betts 2,

Harlan 12 4 8 7 10 — 41

Middlesboro 7 9 4 11 9 — 40