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Letcher County Central rolled to the championship of its own fourth annual Lady Cougars Christmas Tournament last weekend in Ermine with victories over Jenkins, Hazard and June Buchanan.

The Lady Cougars are now 7- 1 overall with their one loss coming two weeks ago at home to two-time defending regional champion Breathitt County.

The Lady Cougars will be on the road this holiday weekend in Henderson, Tenn. LCCHS will play Brentwood Academy in the opener on Saturday evening, Dec. 27, of the six-team round-robin tournament that concludes on Monday evening, Dec. 29.

The Lady Cougars will return home to host Leslie County on Jan. 2.

Letcher Central 70

June Buchanan 57

The Lady Cougars were led by 21 points from Brittany Sexton, and 12 each from Sharaye Kincer and Shannon Bays. Kelah Eldridge and freshman Erica Meade added 7 each, Chloe Wynn had 4, Tierra Baker 3, and Myrika Begley and Haley Whitaker 2 each.

The Lady Crusaders, now 5- 3 on the season, were led in scoring by 14 points by Short. Hoveen and Griffie put in 13 each, Pratt 9, Slone 6, and Centers 2.

Letcher Central 70

Hazard 40

LCCHS’s swarming defense and the inside work of senior forward Sharaye Kincer proved too much for the Lady Bulldogs in the second round of Friday night’s matchup in the Lady Cougars’ Christmas Tournament.

Hazard, which is expected to challenge Perry County Central and Leslie County for the 54th District title this season, was led by senior guard Ashley Hall’s 11 points and 10 points from freshman guard Tabitha Frazier.

Hazard managed to hang around with LCCHS in the first half. The teams were tied at 12- 12 after the first quarter before the Lady Cougars pulled away to build a 30-22 half-time advantage.

However, the door was slammed in Hazard’s face in the third quarter. The Lady Cougar defense forced an experienced Hazard backcourt into numerous mistakes that fueled a 28-10 offensive outburst and gave LCCHS a comfortable 58-32 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Kincer, who plays a lot bigger than 5-7 on both ends of the floor, led the Lady Cougars with a game-high 22 points. Newcomer senior forward Tierra Baker came off the bench again and provided a big lift and finished with 10 points.

Eighth-grader Kelah Eldridge chipped in with nine points and junior Brittany Sexton wound up with eight points. Erica Meade tossed in six points. Haley Whitaker and Shannon Bays finished with four points each. Micca Boggs scored three points while Chloe Wynn and Lauren Thomas finished with two points each.

Letcher Central 64

Jenkins 14

LCCHS placed 12 players in the scoring column in easily downing neighboring Jenkins in the opening round of the threeday Lady Cougars’ Christmas Tournament Thursday evening.

LCCHS ran out to a 21-6 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Lady Cougars, substituting freely, built their margin to 37- 13 at the half and then pulled away to a commanding 53-14 lead heading into the final quarter.

Senior forward Whitney Gibson’s five points led the Lady Cavaliers. Freshman Kayla Stambaugh added three points. Sophomores Katelyn Sexton and Sarah Corbett and freshman Blake Caudill finished with two points each.

Junior guard Brittany Sexton’s game-high 17 points led LCCHS.

Sophomore Chloe Wynn added eight points and seniors Sharaye Kincer and Tierra Baker finished with six points each. Junior Shannon Bays wound up with five points.

Lauren Thomas, Haley Whitaker and Kelah Eldridge added four points each. Erica Meade, Auberny Campbell, Keisha Collins and Myrika Begley finished with two points each.


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