The Letcher Central Lady Cougars will be heading south early next week to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the KSA Events Holiday Tournament beginning Dec. 26. The tournament runs through Dec. 30, with six schools from Kentucky, Elizabethtown, Bullitt East, Whitley County, Jackson County and Lexington Lafayette, scheduled to participate with the Lady Cougars who will play their first game on Tuesday, Dec. 26.
East Ridge 56
Letcher Central 52
The Lady Cougars, led by junior center Emma Maggard’s double/ double of a game-high 17 points and 14 rebounds, were outlasted down the stretch in losing 56-52 at surprising East Ridge Dec. 16.
East Ridge was led in scoring by Katie May’s 16 points. Britney Tackett chipped in with 11 points and a team-high five rebounds.
East Ridge, now 7-3, did not shoot the basketball very well. The Lady Warriors connected on 21 of 68 field goals attempts for just 31 percent. The Lady Cougars connected on 21 of 46 field goal attempts for 46 percent but could not overcome their mistakes. LCCHS out-rebounded East Ridge 38-24.
Brooklyn Collins finished with 13 points for the 4-5 Lady Cougars. Camryn Parks nearly recorded a double/double with nine points and nine rebounds. Brooke Bates scored eight points while Mackenzie Craft and Alyssa Franklin finished with three and two points, respectively.
Letcher Central 63
Breathitt County 34
The Lady Cougars snapped a three-game losing streak with their easy 63-34 victory over visiting Breathitt County Dec. 15, to even their record at 4-4.
Freshman Brooke Bates led LCCHS with 14 points and sophomore Brooklyn Collins chipped in with 10 points. Emma Maggard and Mackenzie Craft finished with nine points each. Maggard claimed a game-high 10 rebounds. Camryn Parks and Alyssa Franklin added six points each. Parks, a senior, also pulled down nine rebounds.
Jessica Boggs scored three points. Kaylee Banks, Makaylee Branham and Courtney Hayes finished with two points each.
The Lady Cougars really hit the boards hard in out-rebounding Breathitt County 47-26. LCCHS made 24 of 60 field goal attempts for 40 percent while limiting Breathitt County to 9 of 29 shooting for 30 percent.
Johnson Central 69
Letcher Central 55
The visiting Johnson Central Lady Eagles pulled away from the mistake prone Lady Cougars in the second half for the 69-55 win Dec. 11.
There were three ties and three lead changes in the first half. Johnson Central, taking advantage of Lady Cougars’ turnovers, led 20- 13 after the first quarter, 43-33 at the half and 57-42 after three quarters. The Lady Cougars were guilty of 24 turnovers while the Lady Eagles made just 12. The Lady Cougars were able to offset many of their turnovers by battling hard on the boards and out-rebounded Johnson Central 42-25. LCCHS made 20 of 50 field goal attempts for 40 percent. Johnson Central made 25 of 55 for 46 percent.
Senior Camryn Parks led 3-4 LCCHS with 17 points. She also claimed seven rebounds. Sophomore Brooklynn Collins added 11 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Brooke Bates chipped in with nine points and sophomore Mackenzie Craft finished with six points. Alyssa Franklin scored three points.
Jessica Boggs, Courtney Hayes, Emma Maggard and Kaylee Banks wound up with two points each. Loren Boggs added one point.
Ashley Belcher’s gamehigh 20 points led the 2-3 Johnson Central Lady Eagles. Sammi Sites added 16 points and Janna Jarvis 14.