The Letcher County Central High School Cougars continued their early season success last week and are unbeaten since their season-opening 66-63 loss to Harlan County back on December 1. Since then, the Cougars have reeled off eight straight wins — including three last week — to raise their record to 8-1.
After beating Belfry on the road December 15, the Cougars participated in the two-day Kentucky Bank Challenge at Rowan County High School last weekend. The Cougars easily defeated (4-6) East Carter, 65-33, on December 18, then battered (1-7) Nicholas County, 85-65, on Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars are not scheduled to play this week, but will swing back in to action next week in the three-day Coalfield Clash at the Prior Center in Wise, Virginia beginning December 28.
Letcher Central 88
Letcher Central, behind junior guard Torell Carter’s game-high 46 points, defeated host Belfry 88-85 in double overtime December 15 for their sixth straight victory.
The Cougars led the Pirates 21- 12 after the first quarter but missed shots in the second quarter and allowed Belfry to rally to claim a 33-31 advantage at the half.
Carter, who was held to just two points in the second quarter, fueled the Cougars’ third-quarter comeback with 10 points and LCC led 48-43 heading into the fourth.
Despite 12 fourth-quarter points by Carter, the Cougars and Pirates both hung tough and regulation play ended with the score tied at 65-65. The teams battled to a 76-76 tie after the first overtime before the Cougars pulled away for the victory to raise their record to 6-1.
Garett Fannin’s 26 points led 0-2 Belfry. Koleston Blankenship chipped in with 18 points and Cole Bentley finished with 16.
Senior guard Jordan Gregory, now fully recovered from his preseason injury, scored 17 points for the Cougars. Senior forward Tyler Collins added 10 points with junior guards Austin Banks and Austin Caudill scoring six points each. Sophomore forward Elijah Raglin wound up with three points.