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Coach says LCC ‘just quit playing’



The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars won two-of-three last week and will take a 4-3 record into this week’s three-day holiday tournament in Beech, Tenn., near Nashville. The Lady Cougars’ opening game will be on Friday.

LCC will play at Knott County Central on Jan. 4, at June Buchanan on Jan 6 and at Harlan on Jan. 9 before finally returning home to host East Ridge on Jan. 11.

Breathitt County 63
Letcher Central 57

The host Breathitt County Lady ‘Cats recovered from an 18-point first-half deficit to defeat Letcher County Central 63-57 on Dec. 20.

LCCHS, led by another huge offensive game by junior guard Cheyanne Stidham, led Breathitt County 21-9 after the first quarter and 32-24 at the half.

“We were up 32-14 midway of the second quarter,” said coach Dickie Adams, “and then just turned south and quit playing and they scored 10 straight to end the half.”

Breathitt completed its comeback in the third quarter and the teams entered the last quarter tied at 46-46.

After the first half, said Adams, “ It was the darnest thing. We didn’t guard anyone; we threw the ball away and we just quit playing.”

Cheyanne Stidham’s gamehigh 22 points led the 4-3 Lady Cougars. Courtney Brock scored 12 points while Kim Meade and Kristina Bentley finished with eight points each. Kelly Adams chipped in with four points and Kelli Quillen added three points.

Kacey Cox and Carissa Hatton led Breathitt County with 14 points each.

Letcher Central 53
Leslie County 42

Led by a career-high 28 points from junior guard Cheyanne Stidham and some shutdown defense of the Lady Eagles’ high-scoring junior Katie Moore, the visiting Lady Cougars build a huge early advantage in defeating the previously unbeaten Lady Eagles 53-42 on Dec. 18.

“We found ourselves down 5-0 in the first minute of the game,” explained LCCHS coach Dickie Adams, “and then we got after them defensively.”

LCCHS led 18-9 after the first quarter and 31-13 at the half.

“We had a huge first half,” said coach Adams. “We played very well. We did a good job (defensively) on (Katie) Moore.”

Moore, a 5-10 guard, came into the game averaging 27 points per game and she was limited to 15.

“ Defensively, we chased Moore,” said Adams, “first with Kelli Quillen and then with others. We used a box-and-one and a match-up zone at times and really did a good job on (Moore) with her going 0-15 from the floor in the first half.

“This was a big win for us. We were very efficient in the first half; we blocked 12 shots — eight in the first half — and made just 11 turnovers.”

LCC led Leslie County 43-30 after three quarters.

“We were very efficient in running our offense and took good care of the basketball and played good defense,” said Adams.

“Cheyanne (Stidham) had her career high for us. She has lately been shooting the ball much better and has begun to accept her role for us.”

Kelli Quillen finished with nine points for 4-2 LCCHS. Courtney Brock scored seven points and Kristina Bentley wound up with five points. Kelly Adams and Kim Meade chipped in with two points each.

Brooke Asher scored 11 points and Madisyn Combs 10 for the 4-1 Lady Eagles.

Letcher Central 74
Cordia 27

The visiting Lady Cougars raced out to a commanding early lead and never looked back in winning 74-27 at Cordia on Dec. 16.

With the victory, the Lady Cougars extend their 53rd District record to 2-0.

Thirteen of the 14 players suited up scored for the 3-2 Lady Cougars.

LCCHS sprinted to a 27-2 lead after the first quarter as junior guard Cheyanne Stidham scored 13 of her game- high- tying 19 points.

With liberal substitution, the Lady Cougars pushed their margin to 46-18 by the half and to 63-21 after three quarters.

Junior Kristina Bentley, who has had several inconsistent offensive performances so far this season, finished with 11 points. Kelly Adams tossed in eight points and Alexis Cornett and Alyssa Adams added six points each. Kim Meade scored five points while Kelli Quillen, Courtney Brock and Destiny Hall wound up with four points each. Sara Baker, Shelby Hall and Cameron Kincer scored two points each and Samantha Tubbs finished with one point. Amber Crawford played but did not score.

Asha Gonzales led winless Cordia with a game-high-tying 19 points. Himala Gonzales scored her team’s other eight points.



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