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Cougars set to meet PCC after two-overtime loss

Weather permitting, the 12-8 Cougars will host Perry County Central tomorrow night, Jan. 30, in a game rescheduled from Jan. 23.

The Commodores, 14-4 and ranked 24th in the state this week, will be led by All-State sophomore guard Braxton Beverly and 6-7 senior All-Stater Justin Johnson.

The Cougars visit Jenkins Friday evening and the play 5-14 Lee County Saturday in the Appalachian Wireless Kentucky Prep Showcase at Perry County Central.

The Cougars visit regional dark horse Hazard Feb. 4. The 15-5 Bulldogs won the WYMT Classic at Knott County Central earlier this month.

Cordia 69
Letcher Central 68 (2 OT)

The Cougars battled back from a 17-point second quarter deficit to nearly upset visiting and heavily favored Cordia before losing in double overtime Jan. 23.

LCCHS trailed Cordia 11-8 after the opening quarter and 29-12 after senior guard Felix Frimpong’s pair of free throws with 2:22 left in the second quarter.

The Cougars, with very little first half inside offensive production against a huge Cordia front line, trailed 35-21 at the break.

Senior forward Josh Owens, who was limited to just two firsthalf points, combined with senior guard Chippy Frazier to lead the Cougars’ second half comeback.

Frazier, who scored nine firsthalf points, fouled out early in the first overtime with 23 points. Owens finished with a game-high 24 points.

LCCHS trailed 44-27 midway of the third quarter before the Cougars roared back with an 11-2 run to close to 46-38 with 3:12 left in the third quarter. Frazier’s trey at the buzzer brought LCCHS to 51-45 heading into the last quarter.

LCCHS, which had led only once at 6-5 early in the game, reclaimed the lead at 54-53 on sophomore Tyler Collins’s short jumper with 2:38 left in regulation.

Freshman guard Austin Combs’s lay-up with 33 seconds left gave Cordia a 59- 57 lead. Owens answered with an underand up move to tie the game at 59-59 with less than two seconds remaining and was fouled, but could not make the free throw for the victory.

Frazier fouled out as Cordia sophomore guard Ajenee Chisolm beat him to the basket to start the first overtime. Chisolm, who finished with 17, missed the free throw but the Lions led 61-59.

LCCHS had an opportunity to win the first overtime, but could convert only 3/8 from the charity line. Freshman Torell Carter made the first of two free throws with seven seconds left to tie the game at 64-64, but missed the second and the second opportunity for a Cougar win.

Carter finished with eight points and six of his team’s gamehigh 11 blocked shots.

Owens gave LCCHS the lead at 66-64 with 1:51 left in the second overtime and his pair of free throws pushed the Cougars back in front 68-67 with 25 seconds left.

Chisolm’s offensive stickback with 12 seconds left gave Cordia the 69-68 lead and LCCHS sophomore guard Jordan Gregory missed an off-balance shot in the final seconds. Gregory finished with one point.

Senior guard Anthony Tagaloa led the 13-5 Lions with 18 points.

Senior Hunter Hall chipped in with eight points for 12-8 LCCHS. Tyler Collins finished with four points.

LCCHS was outrebounded 20-9 in the first half, but battled evenly with the Lions in the second half to lose the rebounding battle 46-38.

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