Letcher County’s two boys’ high school basketball teams got off to a slow start, as both the Jenkins Cavaliers and Letcher Central Cougars lost their first two games of the 2019-20 season.
Jenkins lost at Shelby Valley, 87 to 25, on December 2 before falling at home to Pike County Central, 63 to 36, at home on December 6. Letcher Central fell to Wolfe County on December 6, 70 to 63, before coming up short again the next night with a 78 to 64 loss to Prestonsburg in the Buffalo Wild Wings Shootout at Pike County Central.
In their loss to 15th Region rival Shelby Valley, the Cavs were led by John Fleming, who had nine points, and Austin Johnson, who scored six points. Payton Rose scored five points, Sean McCall hit his only three-point attempt to finish with three points, and Keegan Bentley scored two points.
In the loss to Pike Central, which also a member of the 15th Region, John Bentley again led all Jenkins scorers with 15 points, followed by 12 points from Payton Rose. Jeremy Potter scored five points. Anthony Newman and Keegan Bentley each scored two points.
The Cavaliers’ next game is scheduled for December 14 at Breathitt County High School, where Jenkins will take on Jackson City in the Peggy Moore Memorial Classic. Tipoff is 1:30 p.m.
In their loss at Wolfe County, the Cougars were led in scoring by Parker Williams, who had 27 points. Dylan Webb scored 17 points. Ryan Lebrun connected on three of four field goal attempts on his way to a ninepoint performance. Joby Johnson scored eight points and Isaac Lucas had two points.
Game statistics for the Cougars’ loss to Prestonsburg were not available at press time.
Letcher Central was scheduled to host Breathitt County last night before returning to the road for games at Cordia (December 12) and at Belfry (December 13).