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Local High School Basketball Round-Up

Lady Cats defeat Harlan 65-29

After four seasons away from the top spot in the 52nd District, the Bell County Lady Cats are back on top as they clinched the district’s top seed in blowout fashion Friday with a 65-29 win over visiting Harlan.

“That was one of our goals coming into the season, winning as many district games as we could and earning the top seed,” Bell County coach David Teague said.

Bell County wasted little time taking control, racing to a 23-4 lead after one quarter as Harlan turned the ball over seven times and hit only one of 11 shots from the field while Bell hit eight of 16.

Senior forward Abby Harris and eighth-grade guard Nadene Johnson each scored 13 and Taliyah McQueen added 12 to lead the Lady Cats.

Eighth-grade guard Ella Karst paced Harlan with 10 points.

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Bell County (65): Nadine Johnson 13, Abby Harris 13, Talyah McQueen 12, Ashtyn Meyers 11, Sara Kidwell 5, Mikayla Gambrel 4, Abigail Cornett 3, Abby Jackson 2, Mataya Ausmus 2.

Harlan (29): Ella Karst 10, Angel Wynn 6, Natalee King 4, Aymanni Wynn 3, Alli Thompson 2, Emma Owens 2, Marissa Marlowe 2.

Lady Lions cruise to 66-29 win over Oneida Baptist Institute

Raigan King took over during Saturday’s game against Oneida Baptist Institute. The junior forward tallied a game-high 30 points en route to Pineville’s 66-29 victory over the Lady Mountaineers.

King finished the game going 11-for-14 on the floor and 8-for-11 from the free-throw line.

The standout forward wasn’t alone as both Whitney Caldwell and Brittney Davis reached double figures on the night. Caldwell tallied 18 points while shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor. She went 3-for-4 from long range and grabbed four rebounds.

Davis tallied 10 points on the night while connecting on four field goals including two 3-pointers.

OBI was led by Katy Schroeder with 11 points. Emilie Field-Darragh ended the night with 10 points.

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Pineville (66): Raigan King 30, Whitney Caldwell 18, Brittney Davis 10, McKenzie Widener 4, Summer Partin 2, Aylssa Howard 2.

OBI (29): Katy Schroeder 11, Emilie Field-Darragh 10, Kambria Howard 4, Maira Morgan 2, Ruth Evrard 2.

Pineville grabs 76-66 victory against Jackson City

After suffering a disappointing loss to Middlesboro on Friday, Pineville rebounded on Saturday against Jackson City and claimed a 76-66 victory.

It was a full team effort as four Mountain Lions reached double digits in the scoring column. Senior Clay Goodin led the team with 21 points while shooting at a 75-percent clip. Dalton Mason ended the night with 19 points including three 3-pointers.

Sean Phipps tallied 14 points. Landon Couch recorded a double-double scoring 11 points and hauling in 10 rebounds.

For Jackson City, it was the Slayden Sizemore and Alexander Terry show. Sizemore put up a game-high 26 points while shooting 75 percent from the field. He also went 7-for-9 from the charity stripe. Terry ended the game with 23 points.

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Pineville (76): Clay Goodin 21, Dalton Mason 19, Sean Phipps 14, Landon Couch 11, Keean Fuson 7, Austin Fuson 2, Ty Clark 2.

Jackson City (66): Slayden Sizemore 26, Alexander Terry 23, Deon Johnson 8, Micah Henson 5, Colton Smith 2, Dawson Prater 2.

Middlesboro falls 57-44 to Wayne County

The Yellow Jackets’ six-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday at the hands of Wayne County. Middlesboro couldn’t get much going outside of their starting five and fell 57-44 to the Cardinals.

Jabari Kyle led the Jackets with 15 points. Trey Brock ended the night with 11 points, and TJ Patterson scored nine points. Patterson also hauled in eight rebounds.

Three-point shooting made a difference in the game with Middlesboro connecting on just one of their 14 attempts from beyond the arc. Wayne County was able to make seven 3-pointer on the evening.

Thomas Spencer paced the Cardinal offense scoring a game-high 31 points while going 13-for-17 from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds.

Bryson Tucker finished the game with 11 points, and Mason Burchett tallied nine points in the game for Wayne County.

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Wayne County (57): Thomas Spencer 31, Bryson Tucker 11, Mason Burchett 9, Kameron Gehring 3, Bordy Weaver 2, Chandler Humble 1.

Middlesboro (44): Jabari Kyle 15, Trey Brock 11, TJ Patterson 9, Jay West 8, Jordan Davis 1.