Do not let the 11-7 mark of Harlem High School's girls basketball team fool you. They are far from mediocre.
The Lady Bulldogs proved that last week with huge region wins over Cross Creek and Glenn Hills. The Glenn Hills victory on Friday was the big stunner. It was the first region loss for the Lady Spartans and put Harlem into the log jam in second place behind Hephzibah in 3-AAA.
Sophomore Ebony Wells was sensational in this game. She poured in 24 points, grabbed 9 boards and blocked 3 shots to spearhead the win.
Harlem also had to overcome two of their top players (Kacee Camp and Nicole Wells) fouling out in the 4th quarter.
The win gave Harlem a 4-1 region mark, which is tied for second with Butler. Glenn Hills is a half-game back at 3-1.
Of course, they are all chasing Hephzibah; the Lady Rebels are 5-0 in the region, 18-1 overall, and ranked No. 1 in the state.
Also, when you consider Harlem's 11-7 record, keep in mind they have three losses to Greenbrier, which is 19-0, one loss to Hephzibah (18-1), and a loss to Butler (14-5).
That means five of their seven losses have come to teams with a combined mark of 51-6.
Harlem has a tough stretch of games to end the season, including rematches with Butler and Glenn Hills, so earning a playoff berth will not be easy. Harlem deserves a big pat on the back for being in this position in such a tough region.
The trio of stars I mentioned have each been outstanding for the Bulldogs.
Point guard Camp is averaging 3.8 steals and 3.5 assists per contest and has been the team's floor general all season.
Meanwhile, the Wells sisters have been one of the top scoring duos in the area. Nicole Wells leads the team in rebounding at 8.4 per game and manages to average 12.7 points and 2.7 assists.
Her younger sister Ebony has been one of the biggest surprises in the area. She is pouring in 14.3 points per game while managing 7.5 rebounds.
The rest of the way will certainly be tough, but I will be pulling for the Lady Dogs to keep up their winning ways.
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