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Lady Cats take control early in win over Harlan

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.

Harlan (9-12) travels to Middlesboro on Tuesday. Bell County (17-3) travels to Whitley County on Monday.