Fresh off a respectable showing in the Pikeville Invitational last week, the Cougars appear to be making progress and are much improved from the opening week of the season. With no starters back from last season, Letcher County Central is now 7-6 after last Saturday’s impressive 71-50 victory at home over Union (Va.).
The 53rd District is loaded with talent this season with defending regional champion Knott County Central (10-2) and with Cordia (9-4) at the top of the standings. The Cougars still have a couple of notches to go before becoming competitive enough to contend for a top spot in this district.
The Cougars’ game Monday evening at June Buchanan School was rescheduled for Jan. 8. LCC will be home this weekend beginning Friday evening with Jenkins (3-8), followed by Prestonsburg (4-8) on Saturday.
The Cougars’ Jan. 2 game at Knott County Central had to be postponed and is rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Letcher Central 71 Union (Va.) 50
Visiting Union High School from Big Stone Gap, Va., had no answer for the Cougars’ 6-4 senior forward Josh Owens who had a career scoring night with 31 points in LCC’s easy win.
LCC led just 18-11 after the first quarter but broke the game open in the second quarter by outscoring Union 21-8 for a commanding 39-19 lead at the half.
Substituting freely in the second half, the Cougars still led 55-35 after three quarters.
Two other players scored in double figures for LCC. Chippy Frazier finished with 13 points and Jordan Gregory added 11. Torell Carter chipped in with eight points while Hunter Hall and Austin Caudill finished with two points each. Kyler Lucas and Tannar Lucas scored one point each.
Schoolcraft led 4-3 Union with 17 points and Burney finished with 10.