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Girls replace Breathitt in poll




For the first time this season, the two-time defending 14th Region champions, the 16-7 Breathitt County Lady ‘Cats, fell out of the top spot in the weekly poll — to be replaced by the 21-4 Letcher County Central Lady Cougars, a team Breathitt County had edged twice earlier this season.

No team in the 14th Region has played better over the past three weeks. Since their 60-55 loss at Breathitt County on Jan. 17, the Lady Cougars have been on a roll. LCCHS stretched its winning streak to nine games with victories at home last week over Knott County Central and Wolfe County.

Last Saturday afternoon’s game at Hazard was rescheduled for Feb. 17.

According to coach Dickie Adams, his team’s success can be traced to the players’ hard work, their ability to play together as a cohesive unit and their understanding what it takes to be successful at the varsity level.

“Our winning streak (and the top ranking in this week’s poll) is nice and it comes at the right time in the season and shows that we’re beginning to play well when it counts the most — tournament time. I thought it would be hard to incorporate the new players this year but it now seems we’re about to get it figured out.

“In the last two or three weeks, we’ve finally figured out offensively where we need to be and where the ball needs to go. We’re more relaxed now and playing much better.”

With the development of his newcomers, coach Adams can go deep into his bench when needed and he sometimes substitutes three players at a time.

“We’ve been playing eight people almost interchangeably in the post position and at the guard positions. We’ll use different people as the game dictates and I don’t look on just a certain five as the starters. We’ve tried to sell them on playing and finishing games.”

The Lady Cougars will meet Knott County Central in the “playin” game in the five-team 53rd District Tournament in Hindman on Monday, March 2. Tip-off is 6 p.m. The winner will meet 14-10 June Buchanan in the semifinals on Wednesday, March 4. Cordia plays Jenkins in the lower bracket opening round with the winner playing the LCCHS/KCCHS/JBS winner in the championship on Friday, March 6.

The girls’ 14th Region Tournament will be hosted by Hazard the second week of March.

Letcher Central 90

Wolfe County 32

The host Lady Cougars, led by a huge night by senior forward Sharaye Kincer playing in her final game in front of the home folks, steamrolled the Lady Wolves Monday night for their ninth straight win.

Kincer, in recording a doubledouble with 24 points and 12 rebounds, was 10-of-12 from the floor and her two misses were stuck back in on the second shot.

Kelah Eldridge added 14 points on four-of-eight from three-point range. Shannon Bays chipped in with 13 points. Eighth-grader Keisha Collins scored eight points and Tierra Baker finished with seven. Lauren Thomas and Chloe Wynn wound up with six points each. Eighth-grader Julie Cornett added four points and Brittany Sexton finished with three points. Haley Whitaker, Erica Meade and Auberny Campbell scored two points each.

Letcher Central 70

Knott Central 34

On Feb. 12, the Lady Cougars made a definitive statement with their 70-34 pounding of visiting district rival Knott County Central.

The 10-14 Lady Patriots will host the girls’ 53rd District Tournament beginning on Monday, and will meet the Lady Cougars in the first round.

Junior guard Brittany Sexton and Baker tied Shannon Bays for team-high scoring honors with 13 each. Sexton also pulled down eight rebounds and Baker six. Kelah Eldridge chipped in with eight points and Chloe Wynn added six points each. Erica Meade scored three points, Lauren Thomas two, and Micca Boggs finished with one point.

Six-one sophomore center Shandra Thomas’s game-high 14 points led 9-14 KCCHS. Thomas also pulled down nine rebounds. Kelly Pratt and Keisha Perkins wound up with five points each.


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