In the boys game, Josey’s aggressive defense proved too much for an undersized Harlem team and ended in a 81-48 rout.
Man-to-man play and double teams too often prompted bad passes from the Bulldogs or outright steals that the Eagles turned into points.
Harlem coach Kim Chambers said turnovers have plagued his team all season and continued on Friday.
“We’re averaging 17 turnovers a game, but I’m sure we had more than that tonight,” he said.
Josey (13-6, 4-1) started the Region 3-AAA game with six unanswered points, including a dunk from big man Robert Askew.
But it was the tandem of Darius Williams and Cadeldrick White, who combined for 18 points in the first period, that immediately had Harlem (8-11, 1-4) playing catch up.
Williams and White continued their scoring frenzy in the second period, aided by six points from Kyle Doyle, to go up 39-23 at the half.
In the third, Harlem closed the gap to 12, outscoring Josey 17-13.
But before the period ended, Harlem’s primary rebounder Alonzo Hill fouled out.
Josey racked up 29 points in the fourth quarter, including a 10-point scoring stretch in the middle of the period.
Williams led Josey with 24 points, followed by Doyle with 20 and White with 18.
Late in the third period of the girls game, Harlem’s Olivia Fitzgerald hit three free throws after a technical foul. With those shots, she gave the Lady Bulldogs 16 points.
It was the first time since a Jan. 7 win over Lincoln County that Harlem managed more than 15 points in a game.
That didn’t impress the Lady Eagles, though, who won 50-23.
Like their male counterparts, the Josey girls played aggressive defense that kept the Lady Bulldogs off balance.
Josey managed to score 15 points in the third period before Harlem’s Lindsey Stokes hit a layup off a full-court pass with just 1:28 left.
Though Josey managed only eight points in the fourth, it still outpaced Harlem’s seven.
With the win, Josey moves to 7-10 overall and 3-2 in the region. Harlem dropped to 3-16 overall and 0-5 in the region.