The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars opened their season at home under new coach Keith Baker on November 29 with a lopsided 85-38 victory over outmanned Cordia.
The Lady Cougars then followed up with victories on the road, 76-43, at Jackson City on December 1, and at Powell County on December 2. The win at Powell County was unexpected because the Lady Pirates had returned all five starters from last year’s 11-18 squad.
The Lady Cougars continue playing on the road with games this weekend at Belfry on Friday night, December 8, and at Harlan on Saturday, December 9, before returning home to take on Johnson Central December 11.
Letcher Central 59
Powell County 56
The Letcher Central Lady Cougars rallied in the second quarter and then made free throws down the stretch to upset unbeaten Powell County 59-56 December 2 in Stanton.
LCCHS withstood a late fourthquarter rally by converting 7 of 10 free throws at the end to offset a 10-point effort by Powell County’s Macey Howell for the victory. Howell finished with a game-high 20 points for the 2-1 Lady Pirates, who had opened the season with impressive wins at Bath County and Madison Southern.
The Lady Pirates led 13-10 after the first quarter, but LCCHS received a strong offensive effort in the second quarter to take the lead 31-26 at the half. The Lady Cougars, behind some deadly outside shooting by sophomore guard Brooklyn Collins, led 44-41 heading into the final quarter. Collins finished with a team-high 19 points including four treys.
Senior forward Camryn Parks scored 13 points and junior center Emma Maggard and freshman guard Brooke Bates finished with 10 points each for the unbeaten 3-0 Lady Cougars. Junior Alyssa Franklin finished with five points and Jessica Boggs wound up with two points.
The Lady Cougars finished with six treys while Powell County managed just a single trey. LCCHS converted 13 of 24 from the charity line while the Lady Pirates managed to make 7 of 13.
Letcher Central 76
Jackson City 43
The visiting Letcher Central Lady Cougars notched won 76-43 over previously unbeaten (2-0) Jackson City on December 1 to raise their record to 2-0.
The Lady Cougars used a strong defensive effort and the inside scoring of junior center Emma Maggard to take the lead early and never let up. Maggard finished with a game-high 25 points and was content to let others score in the final quarter of the easy victory. Eleven players scored for LCCHS. The Lady Cougars were 17-6 after the first quarter, 38-16 at the half and 57-30 after three quarters.
Brooklyn Collins chipped in with 13 points — including all three of the Lady Cougars’ treys. Camryn Parks scored 12 points and Beth Holbrook tossed in seven points. Mckenzie Craft added 6 points and Brooke Bates five points. Kaylee Banks finished with four points while Makaylee Branham and Loren Boggs scored two points each. Jessica Boggs and Alyssa Franklin scored one point each.
Megan Ernst led 2-1 Jackson City with 13 points. Taylor Lovaas finished with 10 points — all in the fourth quarter.
Letcher Central 84
Despite freely rotating varsity, junior varsity and freshman/middle school players, the Lady Cougars led Cordia 24-4 after the first quarter, 46-14 at the half and 70-25 after three quarters.
The (0-1) Cordia Lady Lions, with just five players available, were led in scoring by Delilya Stidham’s game-high 12 points. Christine Stidham added 11 points and Himala Gonzales finished with nine points.
The 1-0 Lady Cougars placed three players in double figure scoring led by sophomore Brooklynn Collins’s 11 points and 10 points each from senior Beth Holbrook and junior Jessica Boggs. Five players scored eight points each: freshman Brooke Bates, sophomore Mackenzie Craft, senior Camryn Parks, eighth-grader Loren Boggs and junior Emma Maggard. Freshman Makaylee Branham scored seven points and eighth grader Courtney Hayes chipped in with three points. Senior Samantha Crawford and junior Alyssa Franklin finished with two points each.
LCCHS made 37 of 72 field goal attempts for 51 percent while limiting Cordia to 16 of 45 field goal attempts for 36 percent. The Lady Cougars out-rebounded Cordia 51 to 16 and forced the Lady Lions into 19 turnovers while committing eight.