The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars posted victories last week over Betsy Layne, East Ridge, Jenkins and Belfry before winning easily at Cordia on Monday night.
The Lady Cougars’ 8-1 record is tops in the 14th Region. Perry County Central, the defending regional champ, is 5-3 with a couple of losses to traditional powers Lexington Dunbar and Louisville Mercy. Breathitt County is 5-1 and Knott County Central is 5-2.
The Lady Cougars participate this weekend in the VA/KY Border War at the University of Virginia’s Collage at Wise in Wise, Va. The Lady Cougars will play Gate City at 6:15 Friday evening and Central at 7:45 on Saturday evening.
The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers, 0-5 for the season, will play in the three-day Smoky Mountain Classic holiday tournament in Gatlinburg, Tenn., beginning December 20.
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Kelah Eldridge’s early outside shooting put the host Lady Pirates in an early hole that they could never climb out of in a December 15 matchup in Sidney in Pike County. Eldridge made three treys and scored eight of LCC’s 21 first-quarter points and the Lady Cougars led Belfry 21-4 after the opening quarter. Eldridge finished with 13 points.
Julie Cornett took up the offensive slack in the second quarter as LCC pulled away to a commanding 37-9 lead at the break. Cornett wound up with a team-high 14 points. LCC led 52-23 heading into the final quarter and coasted with the subs on the floor. Kristina Bentley again filled in nicely for the injured Keisha Collins by scoring eight points. Courtney Brock came off the bench to score eight points and Vannah Breeding chipped in with seven. Kelli Quillen and Kelly Adams wound up with four points and Kim Meade chipped in with two points.
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The visiting Lady Cougars used balanced scoring in their win at district rival Jenkins on December 13.
In this run-and-gun match-up, LCC dominated the glass with a 59-37 rebounding edge. Two Lady Cougars wound up with double/ doubles. Julie Cornett scored 16 points and claimed a game-high 16 rebounds. Kristina Bentley, filling in for the injured Keisha Collins, tossed in 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Freshman Whiney Creech led Jenkins with a game-high 25 points on 11/35 field goal attempts. She led the Lady Cavs with six rebounds and four assists. Sydney Yonts added eight points and Brittany Sexton five. Brittany Mullins scored three points and Reanna Elswick finished with two points.
LCC led just 12-6 after the first quarter, but pulled steadily and led 28-11 after the half and 56-31 after three quarters.
Kelah Eldridge led LCC in scoring with 22 points (8/20 field goal attempts), six rebounds and six assists. Kim Meade came off the bench to score 14 points. Vannah Breeding finished with four points and Courtney Brock with three. Cheyanne Stidham and Emily Blair wound up with two points each.
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Sluggish LCC used a doubledouble by Julie Cornett to jump in front early against the visiting Lady ’Cats on December 10 and then made its margin hold up in beating an experienced team.
LCC built a 16-7 margin by the end of the first quarter and then eased its advantage out to 28-17 by the break. The teams battled even in the third quarter but LCCHS still led by 11 points at 37- 26 heading into the final quarter. The Lady Cougars’ defense down the stretch limited Betsy Layne to just five points in pulling away for the victory.
Julie Cornett finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Keisha Collins chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds, and Kelah Eldridge suffered through some shooting woes (4/14) but finished with nine points, four assists and four steals.
Vannah Breeding also finished with nine points. Kristina Bentley came off the bench to score six points, while Cheyanne Stidham and Kim Meade scored two points each.
For the game, LCC shot 45 percent (21/47) from the floor — including 4/5 from behind the arc. The Lady Cougars managed to make on 3/12 from the charity line.
LCC’s defense limited Betsy Layne to just 11-of-35 from the floor for 31 percent, while the Lady Cougars out-rebounded the Lady ’Cats 36-24.