The Letcher County Central High School Lady Cougars are in Orlando, Fla., this week to participate in the KSA Events Holiday Tournament. The tournament, which runs through Saturday, Dec. 30, has a number of Kentucky schools participating as well as numerous other teams from both Florida and several other states. LCCHS, with a record of 6-5, was scheduled to play its first game yesterday, Dec. 26.
The Lady Cougars will return home after Saturday’s game and then have a few days to rest up to prepare for a visit by Harlan Independent on Friday, Jan. 5. The Lady Cougars lost 55-46 in overtime at 4-5 Harlan on Dec. 9. LCCHS visits district foes Cordia, on Monday, Jan. 8, and June Buchanan on Wednesday, Jan. 10.
Letcher Central 68
Estill County 63
The Letcher Central Lady Cougars, led by four players in double figure scoring — including a pair of double/doubles by Camryn Parks and Emma Maggard, edged visiting Estill County 68-63 on Dec. 19.
LCCHS trailed early in a nipand tuck game that came down to the Lady Cougars making second-chance baskets down the stretch to claim their second straight win.
The Lady Cougars trailed 19-10 after the first quarter but rallied for a 34-28 lead at the half. The Estill County Lady Engineers kept hanging around and trailed just 49-47 entering the final quarter.
Camryn Parks scored a gamehigh 18 points and claimed 14 rebounds. Emma Maggard added 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Mackenzie Craft scored 17 points and Brooklyn Collins finished with impressive stats of 13 points, six assists and five rebounds. Brooke Bates added five points and four assists. Loren Boggs came off the bench to score three points.
The Lady Cougars, now 6-5, made 25 of 59 field goal attempts for 43 percent while limiting Estill County to 23 of 71 for 32 percent. The Lady Cougars out-rebounded Estill County 48-38 but committed 13 turnovers while Estill County committed six turnovers.
Letcher Central 46
Leslie County 43
The visiting Letcher Central Lady Cougars, behind excellent defensive pressure and a newly developed skill to handle close games at the end, upset highly regarded Leslie County, 46-43, Dec. 18, in Hyden.
The Lady Cougars forced Leslie County into poor shot selection, which resulted in the Lady Eagles making just 18 of 65 field goals made for 28 percent.
LCCHS also shot poorly, making just 17 of 62 field goal attempts for 27 percent, but the Lady Cougars made up for their poor shooting by out-rebounding Leslie County 47-41.
Leslie County, the top team in the 14th Region with a 6-1 record, was led by Lexy Meyers’s 10 points.
Senior forward Camryn Parks led 5-5 LCCHS with a double/double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Emma Maggard and Alyssa Franklin added seven points each with Maggard pulling down a gamehigh 18 rebounds. Mackenzie Craft scored six points and Brooklyn Collins finished with five points. Brooke Bates, a freshman guard, chipped in with four points and eight rebounds. Jessica Boggs wound up with two points.