The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars withstood a late charge in winning their eighth straight Feb. 16 in Jackson.
The Lady Cougars take a 17-8 record into tonight’s 7:30 p.m. opening round matchup against Jenkins in the 53rd District tournament at Knott County Central High School. Knott County Central meets June Buchanan School in the 6 p.m. game. The district championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday night.
The 14th Region tournament begins next week in Jenkins.
The four-time defending 14th Region champions, the Breathitt County Lady ‘Cats, managed to stay within striking distance throughout the first half. LCCHS led 14-10 after the first quarter and 25-20 at the break.
In the third quarter, the Lady Cougars’ defense dominated, allowing Breathitt County just five points. With sophomore forward Julie Cornett battling hard in the paint on both ends of the floor, LCCHS was able to pull away and took a seemingly safe 37-25 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Breathitt County, led by junior guard Leslie Spencer, rallied to outscore LCCHS 15-3 and closed to within 42-40 with just over three minutes left to play before LCCHS managed to take control and pull away for the win. Spencer wound up with a team-high 13 points for 6-16 Breathitt County.
Cornett finished with a gamehigh 17 points and junior guard Erica Meade contributed 10 points. Haley Whitaker tossed in six.
Coach Dickie Adams received some sorely needed bench play with sophomore Vannah Breeding injured and unable to play. Senior Kristen Phipps came off the bench and scored six points. Kelli Quillen and Keisha Collins added four points each. Lauren Thomas finished with two points.