The Christmas holiday season offers opportunities for high school basketball teams to travel and play quality opponents they would not normally be able to schedule.
The Letcher County Central High School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams were in Florida to participate in the KSA Holiday Tournament in Orlando and both squads lost two of three games.
The Lady Cougars lost to Annapolis Christian (Maryland) in the first game on Dec. 19, and to Anderson County (Kentucky) in the second game before beating Ransom Everglades (Florida) in the final game on Dec. 21, to make their record 8-2 on the year.
The Cougars were edged by Cathedral Prep (Pennsylvania) in their opening game on Dec. 19, easily defeated Childress (Texas) in the second game and then lost to Westminster (Florida) on Dec. 21, to make their record 6-3.
The Lady Cougars are participating in the four-game Lady Bobcats Holiday Tournament this week at Breathitt County in Jackson. The Lady Cougars return home next Monday, Jan. 2, to host Hazard before taking on district rival Knott County Central in Hindman on Saturday, Jan. 7.
The Cougars are participating this week in the eight-team, three-day Alpha Classic Holiday Invitational at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise Convocation Center.
The Cougars return home Jan. 3 to host Riverside Christian Jan. 3, before traveling to Hindman on Jan. 5 for a key district matchup with unbeaten (11-0) Knott County Central. The Patriots won a holiday tournament in Lexington last week to serve notice that, despite their youth with starting three freshmen, they’re going to be a team to challenge for the 14th Region title this year.