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Girls will play 3 at home in Dec.

In a reversal from last season, the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars will have three home games before the Christmas break. Last year, the Lady Cougars opened their season at home against Harlan County and did not play at home until more than a month later.

The Lady Cougars will open their season at home against East Ridge on Thursday (Dec. 1), then host Belfry on Dec. 10 and Scott County on Dec. 17.

LCC plays at Pikeville on Dec. 6 and at Cordia on Dec. 9. And, between the Belfry and Scott County home games, LCC will play at Betsy Layne on Dec. 12.

Following the Scott County game, the Lady Cougars head south to Orlando, Fla., for a fourgame holiday tournament beginning Dec. 19.

After Christmas, the Lady Cougars will play four games in the Lady Bobcats Holiday Tournament in Jackson, with the first game scheduled for Dec. 27.

In all, LCC will play nearly half (14 games) of its 29-game season in the month of December.

Again this season, the basketball power in the 14th Region will be in both the 53rd and 54th Districts with LCC and Knott County Central ranked second and third behind defending champion Perry County Central in the preseason ranking published by The Cats’ Pause. Leslie County occupies the fourth spot.

In the 53rd District this season, coach Dickie Adams sees his Lady Cougars and Knott Central battling all season for the district’s top seed at tournament time in late February.

“It seems like for the past few years, we and Knott have been two of the top teams the whole time and that’s not changed any since we realigned this district,” said Adams. “That’s kind of how it’s been between us and them and I don’t see that changing in the very near future and certainly not this year. I think we’re picked second and Knott is picked third. They return most of their players, same as we do. We had three really close games with them last year and I don’t see that being any different this year.”

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