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Hardin Bulldogs take 2 in Laurel

Posted at 10:54 PM, Jan 25, 2019

LAUREL – Both basketball games were stark contrasts from the first time Hardin and Laurel met this season, but ultimately the Bulldogs pulled off a pair of road wins.

After losing at home to Laurel in December, Hardin’s girls used a fast start and hot outside shooting to win Friday night 62-47. The Bulldogs led 33-18 at halftime and put it out of reach with a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter.

In the late showdown, Hardin’s boys escaped with a 75-71 victory after winning the first meeting 62-29 at home.

The Bulldogs built a 15-10 lead after one quarter. Laurel’s Levi Taylor tied it at 23 with a breakaway dunk in the second, but the Locomotives still trailed 35-29 at intermission. Hardin increased the lead to 51-40 entering the fourth quarter, then held off a Laurel surge.

Hardin plays at Sidney on Saturday. Laurel faces Billings West.