I dunno nuffin bout kicks.
But at 5'11", 152 pnds I've been taller than most as well. And southpaw to boot, so I'll eat a few counter overhand rights (off my jab) before I either lock my left hand up left of my nose, or I'll feint a jab and counter their overhand with my left up the pipe.
I know how things just dont go your way sometimes, if that's happening to me I'll always go with, "hit first or get hit first" to make them change their mind off the current plan. Course then I gas myself pretty good and get into that situation where you're tired, but you still gotta throw or you'll pay more.
Keep at it, everyone has to take those whoopins before its their time to get the licks back.