The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars won their seasonopening game in easy fashion last Friday, trouncing Jackson City 85-31.
Letcher Central’s first game had been scheduled for the night before, but was cancelled because of the death of an East Ridge High School assistant coach. Lady Cougars coach Dickie Adams contacted Jackson City and agreed to play the game there.
The Lady Cougars jumped out to a 26-3 lead by the end of the first quarter and then extended their margin to 52-8 at the half and to 70-21 after three quarters.
In her first game back after being felled last January by a severe knee injury, junior guard Kelah Eldridge led all scorers with 18 points. Junior Keisha Collins added 17. Juniors Vannah Breeding and Julie Cornett finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Freshman Cheyenne Stidham added seven points and Kristina Bentley six. Emily Blair wound up with four points while Haley Whitaker, Brock and Kelli Quillen chipped in with three points each.
Susie Daughtery led the now 1-1 Lady Tigers with 13 points.
Letcher Central travels to Cordia Friday night, before returning home to host Belfry on Saturday. The Lady Cougars go back on the road to Betsy Layne next Monday (Dec. 12) and will play the rescheduled East Ridge game next Tuesday.
Betsy Layne won its season opener, 55-54, at Jenkins on Dec. 1, and is expected to improve on last season’s 20-9 mark.
The Lady Cougars will be able to gauge their early season progress when highly regarded Scott County comes to Ermine on Saturday, Dec. 17, for a 2:30 p.m. tip-off. The Lady Cardinals, from the tough 11th Region, return four seniors from last year’s 19-11 squad that finished second in the regional finals to Madison Central.