This weekend, the Letcher County Central High School Lady Cougars, who are currently hosting their own annual three-day, four-team round robin Lady Cougar Christmas Classic, will travel to central Kentucky to play in the Bourbon/Paris Holiday Classic — a three-day, 16-team doubleelimination invitational that will use both the Bourbon County and Paris gyms.
The 8-1 Lady Cougars will be playing in the upper bracket at 4 p.m. in the Bourbon County gym against Ballard Memorial.
The other six teams in the Lady Cougars’ upper bracket are: Boyle County, Whitley County, Bourbon County, West Jessamine, Pendleton County and Lewis County.
The eight teams in the lower bracket at Paris High School are: Louisville Eastern, Wayne County, Paris, Prestonsburg, Somerset, Harrison County, Nicholas County and Pineville.
The upper and lower bracket winners will meet for the championship game Monday, Dec. 28, at 5:45 p.m. in the Paris gym.
Because of the caliber of competition and the fact that this invitational will be played in front of potential sizable media exposure, the Lady Cougars need to win this invitational both for the recognition/ publicity they would receive and to establish their bonifides that they could be a serious threat to dethrone the three-time defending 14th Region champions, the Breathitt County Lady ‘Cats.
Unbeaten Breathitt County recently defeated 13th Region powerhouse Clay County in Manchester, to reassert its claim to still being the best team in the 14th Region.
The Lady Cougars return home for a three-game set with Leslie County on Jan. 2, followed by district rival Knott County on Jan. 4, and Jenkins on Jan. 8.
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All 13 Lady Cougars dressed, played and scored as LCCHS easily won at Cordia Thursday.
LCCHS outscored the host Lady Lions 34-0 in the first quarter, led 53-2 at the half, and 72-25 after three quarters.
Freshman center Rachel Baker led 5-1 LCCHS with a game-high 18 points. Brittany Sexton scored 14, while freshman Keisha Collins added 11 and sophomore Nicole Banks finished with 10. Auberny Campbell, Kelah Eldridge and Shannon Bays added eight points each. Erica Meade and Micca Boggs finished with six points each, while Julie Cornett and Lauren Thomas added four points each. Haley Whitaker and Colleen Goodsen chipped in with three points each.
The Lady Lions returned only three players from last season’s 13- 16 54th District runner-up squad, and are winless at 0-5 this season.