After experiencing their first defeats of this season, the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars returned home from Orlando, Fla., to win last week’s eight-team Lady Bobcats Holiday Tournament at Breathitt County High School.
The Lady Cougars, with three players in double figures scoring, defeated host Breathitt County in the tourney finals last Friday in Jackson.
The Lady Bobcats have posted a surprising 6-4 record this season despite returning only one starter — 5-10 senior forward Lori Spencer — from last year’s 10-17 squad.
The Lady Cougars, behind balanced scoring, led BCHS 16-13 after the first quarter and then extended their margin to 32-19 by the break. BCHS managed to play the Lady Cougars on even terms in the third quarter and trailed just 47-35 heading into the final frame before LCCHS pulled away for the victory.
Spencer led the Lady Bobcats with 14 points and eighth-grader Kaci Cox added 9 points.
Senior Haley Whitaker’s gamehigh 15 points led LCCHS. Vannah Breeding added 14 points and Kelah Eldridge chipped in with 13. Julie Cornett finished with 8 points and Erica Meade with 5. Keisha Collins wound up with 3 points.
Letcher Central 92
Jackson City 37
The Lady Cougars had no trouble with the Lady Tigers in the second round of last week’s Lady Bobcats’ Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29, in Jackson.
LCCHS also defeated Jackson City 85-31 in Jackson on Dec. 2.
Behind junior Kelah Eldridge’s game- high 29 points, LCCHS raced out to a 28-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and then increased the margin to 51- 19 at the half and to 74-28 after three quarters.
Vannah Breeding added 15 points, Julie Cornett 12 points and Haley Whitaker 9 points. Cheyenne Stidham scored 6 points while Keisha Collins, Kristina Bentley, Courtney Brock, Kelly Adams and Erica Meade contributed 4 points each. Kelli Quillen finished with one point.
In Dave Cantrall’s first basketball poll of this season, published this week in the Lexington Herald- Leader, unbeaten (13-0) Perry County Central is ranked fourth while the Lady Cougars, who have an 11-2 record, just missed being ranked in the top 25.
In the regional rankings, Knott County Central is ranked third behind Perry County Central and LCCHS, followed by Leslie County and Breathitt County.
The Lady Cougars are scheduled to travel to Hindman this Saturday night for a huge district matchup with the 6-5 Lady Patriots.
LCCHS returns home next Monday ( Jan. 9) to host Pike County Central.