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Winter tennis team tops Scott County in weekend match
Charlie Smith, Ben McDonald and Jacob Markley continue the winter tennis season with a team victory over Scott County this weekend.  
Smith handled Zack Botts, 8-2, while McDonald defeated Allison Rexroat, 8-1, and Markley also had an 8-1 win over Bobbi McClone. The doubles match went as well as the singles as Charlie and Ben defeated the doubles team of Allison and Madison Rexroat 8-2.

Freshman teams find early
going rough
The first week of the season saw five freshman games for the Harrison County first-year teams.  
The Thorobreds played three times winning one and the Fillies had two adventures on the hardwood losing both of them.  
The girls began the year as part of the boy/girl doubleheader with Bracken County on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The youthful Fillies had a tough start as the Bracken County pressure prevented them from scoring in the first half.  
After the difficult beginning, the team settled down and played better, but fell to the home team by a 48-12 score.   
Freshman Ashlee Hampton led the Fillies in scoring with seven, and seventh grader Shelby Ishmael had five.
The very next evening, the girls traveled again, this time to Bourbon County. They played much better, but still fell to the home standing Lady Colonels 23-13.  
Hampton again led the scoring with seven. Eighth grader Haley Powers had four and sixth grader Taylor Reffett netted two.
 Coach Piper Akin is working with these young players on fundamentals and playing with confidence.
The freshman boys, led by Dr. Stephen Moses, won their first outing at Bracken County by a 47-39 score.  
The game was tied at the half 18-all, but Harrison County pulled away in the third period as they held Bracken County to three points while scoring 19.  
Bracken County rallied some in the fourth, but Harrison County’s lead was too much to overcome. Grant Carr led Harrison County with 14 while Brandon Morrison and Dominic Walker each scored eight.  
Thursday night the Campbell County Camels visited the Hilltop and came away with a 48-18 win.  
The Breds led at the half 11-10, but could only manage seven points in the second half while the Camels hit for 38. Carr again led in scoring this time with seven.
On Saturday, the young Thorobreds traveled to Bourbon County and played the West Jessamine Colts. The game started at 8 a.m., but the Breds’ alarm didn’t go off and they fell behind 12-2 in the first period and could never get back into the game. Austin Lewis had nine points in the second period as the Breds held their own in that period and trailed by 10 at half.  
West Jessamine pulled away in the second half winning by a 64-36 score.  
The next games for the freshman are Wednesday, Dec. 8, at home against Paris for the Fillies, and Thursday, Dec. 9, at home versus Pendleton County for the Thorobreds freshman squad.

Bowlers drop pair to Fleming County
Five pins doesn’t sound like much when the team total is 2,775, but that was the difference at Galactic Alley Sunday when Fleming County edged the Harrison County Thorobreds team.   
The bowling Panthers scored 2,780 total pins winning both Baker’s games to notch the victory. Harrison County won three of the four straight matches, but just came up short on total pins. Justin Edens had the high game for the day with a 247 and the high series for the Thorobreds with a 431 in two games. James Snapp, with a 420, and Zach Schneider, with 403, were the other top scorers for Harrison County. Trevor Vice had a 430 to lead Fleming County followed by Daniel Bohl’s 421.
The Harrison County girls fell 0-7 to their counterparts from Fleming County.  
The Lady Panthers had 2,210 total pins to 1,694 for Harrison County. Mikayla Fryman and Becca Switzer were pin total leaders for Harrison County with 282 and 275. Savannah Newsome led Fleming with 386. Fleming County had five bowlers with higher totals than Harrison County’s leader.  The next outing for the bowlers is this Sunday when they host Bourbon County at 2 p.m.

Cheerleaders host annual Holiday Cheer Camp
Fifty-five young ladies from kindergarten to sixth grade participated in this year’s Holiday Cheer Camp, which was held by the Harrison County varsity cheerleaders. The youngsters had a big day of cheering, making Christmas crafts and learning games and dances. The campers also performed at Tuesday night’s Thorobreds game with Scott High.
The varsity cheerleaders will travel to Woodford County on Saturday and perform an exhibition routine in preparation for the KAPOS Regional coming up on Jan. 16, in Bourbon County.

Hoopin on the Hilltop this Saturday and Sunday
Harrison County’s sixth, fifth and fourth grade teams will be in action this weekend as they host Hoopin’ on the Hilltop.  The local teams begin play at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday as the sixth grade plays at the high school and the fifth plays at the middle school. The sixth grade teams comes back to the high school to play again at 11:30 a.m. while at the same time the fourth grade plays its first game at the middle school.  
Round robin play will continue with games on Sunday to determine the winners of each age group. Round robin action goes on through 5 p.m. at the high school, middle school and at the Southside gym. There will be 27 games total covering all three schools.  

Middle school teams play three games in five days
The seventh and eighth grade teams battled Paris, Scott County Middle and East Jessamine during the last five days coming away with four victories and two defeats.  
The seventh grade won all three of its games beating Paris, 31-26, edging by Scott County, 27-25, and blasting East Jessamine, 35-11.  
The eighth graders lost two of three smashing Paris, 56-23, and losing close games to Scott Middle, 45-41, and East Jessamine, 61-59.
In the Paris seventh grade game, Harrison County held off the Greyhounds by hitting six of 10 from the foul line and playing a smart, heads up game. Brock Jenkins led the way scoring 10 points. Trenton Thompson hit the boards hard and took the ball to the hoop for baskets as his 23 points led the eighth graders past Paris. The eighth grade defensive trapping at half court led to several transition baskets as well.  
The Scott County Middle seventh grade game saw the Harrison County squad come from five down with two minutes to go and take the victory. Turnovers were Scott County’s problem as the Colts applied defensive pressure. Zack Pulliam led in scoring with 10 points while Jenkins added nine, seven in the last period.   
In the eighth grade game the Colts ran out to a eight point first quarter lead but could not hold on to it as the Cardinals flew back to take the win. Turnovers in the second half were the demise of the Colts. Thompson led the way with 12 points and Robbie Stroub added nine for Harrison County.  The East Jessamine seventh grade squad was no match for the size and strong defense played by Harrison County falling by a large margin. Tyler White led the way for Harrison County with 13 points. The eighth grade game was an up and down contest with many lead changes. It was an extremely hard fought battle with Harrison County taking the lead with 10 seconds to go but losing on a score with two seconds left. All nine Colt players scored in this contest with Thompson with 18 and Austin Reffett with 14 leading the way.
The seventh grade is 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the Bluegrass Conference.  The eighth grade is 3-4 overall and 0-3 in conference play.  The games with Bracken County which were scheduled for Dec. 7 will be rescheduled in January.

Upward basketball evaluations begin
Evaluations for the Indian Creek Christian Church Upward basketball will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursday, Dec. 16 from 6-8 p.m. for boys and girls grades K through 7th grade. Cost will be $55 if paid before Dec. 11.