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Cougars’ slump reaches 4 in row

The Letcher County Central Cougars are at home for their next four games starting this weekend when they host Lee County in the second half of a girl/boy doubleheader. The Cougars host Estill County Saturday afternoon with the tipoff scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

LCCHS hosts 17-3 Knott County Central next Tuesday, Jan. 31, and then concludes its home stand against Cordia on Friday, Feb. 3.

Montgomery County 59

Letcher Central 50

The slumping Cougars dropped their fourth straight Saturday night against Montgomery County in the nightcap of the Joe B. Hall Prep Classic. Other than the loss to Clay County two weeks ago in the WYMT Classic, LCCHS’s losses have been against top teams from the 10th, 13th, 14th and 15th Regions.

LCCHS controlled the highly touted Montgomery County duo of Omar Prewitt and Jake Handshoe in the first half, building leads of 26-10 after the first quarter and 26-22 at the half.

Cold-shooting Montgomery County heated up in the second half — shooting a blistering 61 percent — and moved in front of the Cougars 42-36 after three quarters. Prewitt, a 6’4” junior guard, finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds and five blocks. Handshoe, a 5’9” senior, scored nine of his 13 total points in the second half for the 15-6 Indians.

Senior Logan Johnson’s gamehigh 17 points led the 10-9 Cougars. Senior Kori Stewart chipped in with 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Cody Gregory finished with nine points and Kendall Ballou added six. Matt Boggs and Trenton Whitaker contributed two points each.

Perry Central 54

Letcher Central 35

The host Cougars struggled offensively against the highly re- garded Commodores in losing their third straight Jan. 19.

Perry Central, now 15-4 and ranked 14th in the latest Dave Cantrall state poll in the Lexington Herald-Leader, struggled through three quarters with the stubborn Cougars and could not put the Cougars away.

LCCHS overcame six early turnovers and used a strong defensive effort to stay within striking distance before continued poor shooting helped the Commodores pull away down the stretch.

Perry County Central shot LCCHS out of its zone defense very early with eighth-grade guard Braxton Beverly scoring seven of PCCHS’s first nine points to push the Commodores to a 24-11 lead by the end of the first quarter.

LCCHS switched to manto man defense and the ‘Dores struggled offensively as junior Cody Gregory limited Beverly to just two points in the second quarter and PCCHS led only 28-17 at the break. Beverly scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the first half.

LCCHS closed to within 32-22 at the 4:12 mark in the third quarter on senior Kendall Ballou’s pair of free throws and to within 34-27 on Gregory’s short jumper, with 2:29 left in the third.

Beverly and Jaysean Paige then took over. Beverly’s only basket of the third pushed PCCHS’s lead to 38- 27 entering the final quarter and then he combined with Paige for an 8-0 run and a couple of “show-time” baskets to start the final quarter and LCCHS had no answer.

Paige, a 6’4” forward who moved here from New York, finished with 15 points, six below his average. He pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. Sophomore 6’ 6” Dalton Cornett finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds and senior Trevor Combs added two points.

Seniors Logan Johnson and Ballou led the 10-8 Cougars with eight points each. Seniors Trenton Whitaker chipped in with seven points and Kori Stewart added six. Gregory finished with four points and senior Matt Boggs added two points.

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