The Letcher Central Lady Cougars (14-8) are entering the homestretch of their regular season with visits to Shelby Valley (18-5) on Friday night and to Belfry (12- 10) in the season finale February 20, sandwiched around the final home game of the season against Allen Central (4-18) on February 18.
The Lady Cougars host this year’s 53rd District Tournament beginning the week of February 23.
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June Buchanan 34
Continuing a recent trend, the Letcher Central Lady Cougars struggled early with their outside shooting before rediscovering their inside game in the second half in defeating visiting JBS 50-34 February 6.
Breanna Harrington’s layup gave the Lady Crusaders a 6-5 lead midway of the first quarter as LCCHS struggled offensively. The Lady Cougars made just 4/18 first-quarter field goal attempts and trailed 14-9 at the end of the quarter.
Harrington finished with just four points, but she led JBS with 10 rebounds, two assist and a blocked shot.
The Lady Cougars’ shot selection improved in the second quarter as did their accuracy. Senior guard Cheyanne Stidham’s trey gave LCCHS a 15-14 lead with 6:31 left in the first half — a lead which the Lady Cougars never relinquished.
LCCHS made 7/14 secondquarter field goal attempts and led 26-20 at the break.
LCCHS’s offense was much more productive in the second half as senior forward Kristina Bentley, who had just one rebound and eight points in the first half, got included in the offense. Bentley finished with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Despite Kristina Bentley’s work in the paint, the Lady Cougars continued to struggle from the outside, making just 4/14 field goal attempts.
LCCHS pushed its margin to 33-23 by the end of the third quarter with back-to-back treys by Cheyanne Stidham in the game’s final four minutes sealing the Lady Cougar’s victory. Stidham finished with a game-high 21 points and seven rebounds.
Despite a subpar scoring effort of five points, senior guard Courtney Brock claimed eight rebounds and dished off a pair of assists. Sophomore forward Shelby Hall came off the bench and scored six points while pulling down five rebounds and coming up with two steals.
LCCHS made 16/54 field goal attempts for 30 percent — including 5/18 from behind the arc. JBS did no better, making only 11/48 of its field goal attempts for 23 percent.
The 8- 16 Lady Crusaders placed three in double figure scoring with Brianna Cox, Megan Hall and Alexis Likens all scored 10 points each.
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The Letcher Central Lady Cougars struggled offensively in the first quarter, but recovered and easily downed the Hazard Lady Bulldogs, 62-35, February 5 to raise their record to 12-8.
In losing their fifth straight, the Lady Bulldogs slipped to 9-15.
In the first half, Hazard’s size in the paint took away the Lady Cougars’ inside scoring. LCCHS made just 3/14 field goal attempts in the first quarter and 7/31 in the first half. However, the Lady Bulldogs were not able to capitalize because LCCHS’s defense forced Hazard into 14 first-half turnovers.
There were two lead changes in the first quarter before senior Courtney Brock’s trey gave the Lady Cougars a 9- 6 lead and LCCHS never trailed again.
LCCHS led 10-8 after the first quarter, but four treys and 7/8 from the charity line provided the offensive punch for the Lady Cougars to begin pulling away in the second quarter. Senior Cheyanne Stidham and Brock combined for 6/14 from behind the arc. For the game, Stidham finished with 24 points. She made 6/11 from behind the arc but just 1/9 from inside the arc. Brock finished with nine points.
Leading 29- 14 starting the second half, the Lady Cougars’ inside game, meaning the scoring of senior forward Kristine Bentley, reappeared. Bentley, who had just four points in the first half, dominated both ends of the floor and finished with a double-double of 18 points and 18 rebounds. She also blocked three shots.
Stidham’s three-point play ended the third quarter and extended LCCHS’s lead to 47-25.
Both teams suffered from poor shooting. LCCHS finished with 20/63 from the floor for 32 percent while Hazard was slightly better at 13/38 for 34 percent. LCCHS outrebounded Hazard 40-29 and forced 24 turnovers while committing just 11.
Senior forward Kelly Adams scored eight points for LCCHS and sophomore guard Shelby Hall chipped in with three points but pulled down nine rebounds.
Junior guard Colbi Johnson’s 12 points led Hazard. Senior guard Susan Chaney finished with 10 points.