2017-12-27 / Sports

Boys split two

The Letcher County Central High School Cougars are in Lexington this evening, Dec. 27, for a 6:15 p.m. matchup with Lexington Christian Academy in the Central Bank Classic, hosted by the 4-4 LCA Eagles. The Cougars are participating in just one game in the six-team, three-day Classic.

The Cougars’ next game will be at home against 4-4 Leslie County on Thursday, Jan. 4. The Cougars will then visit 2-7 Phelps Hornets the following evening, Jan. 5.

Knott Central 78

Letcher Central 48

The visiting Letcher Central Cougars ended a two-game winning streak with their 78-48 loss Dec. 20 at neighboring Knott County Central.

The 7-1 Patriots’ only loss was 74-57 to the then-unbeaten Knox Central Panthers in the WYMT Mountain Classic on Dec. 8. The Panthers won this year’s Classic and are currently 8-1.

The Cougars battled Knott County Central on even terms in the first quarter before the Patriots’ defensive pressure was able to limit the Cougars’ offense to mostly perimeter shots. LCCHS was not able to convert from the perimeter or to consistently get the ball inside.

LCCHS struggled with turnovers and missed shots in the second quarter and trailed 38-25 at the half.

Elijah Raglin and Greg Kincer led the 3-6 Cougars with 12 points each. Tyler Boggs scored eight points and Trevor Hardin added seven points. Tyler Stacy finished with four points and Caleb Stidham added three points and a team-high five rebounds. Kenton Combs came off the bench to score two points.

Letcher Central 71

June Buchanan 46

The host Letcher Central Cougars easily downed the June Buchanan Crusaders 71-46 Dec. 18, to improve their record to 3-5.

Despite using nearly every player on the bench, the Cougars shot the basketball very well making 28-52 field goal attempts for 54 percent. LCCHS was 12 of 116 from the charity line.

Elijah Raglin led the Cougars with 13 points and Tyler Boggs added 12 points. Caleb Stidham chipped in with nine points and Isaiah Bentley scored seven points. Manny Gibson, Greg Kincer and Parker Williams contributed six points each. Kenton Combs, Trevor Hardin and Dalton Martin finished with four points each.

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