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JV team is tops

The Letcher County Central junior varsity Lady Cougars hosted and won this season’s Junior Varsity 53rd District Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 15, beating Cordia, 65-20, in the first game; outlasting Knott County Central, 57-51, in overtime in the semifinals; and beating Jenkins 58-31 for the championship.

Junior varsity coach George “Bumper” Adams’s squad then wrapped up its regular season with an easy win at Hazard on Feb. 17, to finish with an overall record of 21-2.

Letcher Central JV 58

Jenkins JV 31

In the championship game, LCCHS jumped to a big lead early and then coasted to the easy win over Jenkins.

LCCHS received balanced scoring from 12 players — led by Vannah Breeding’s eight points and seven points each from Julie Cornett and Kelah Eldridge. Micca Boggs and Lauren Thomas chipped in with six points each. Keisha Collins added five points and Nicole Banks and Rachel Baker scored four points each. Kaitlyn Collier, Kelsey Mullins and Emily Blair added three points each and Jessica Craft finished with two points.

LCCHS led Jenkins 19- 3 at the end of the first quarter and then expanded its margin to 32-12 at the end of the first half and to 46-24 at the end of three quarters.

Kayla Stambaugh’s game-high 12 points led the junior varsity Lady Cavaliers. Blake Caudill chipped in with eight points while Sierra Kiser and Katelyn Sexton finished with three points each. Brooke Webb and Erica Creech scored two points each and Brittany Webb wound up scoring one point.

Letcher Central JV 57

Knott Central JV 51

The junior varsity Lady Cougars need an overtime period and a huge scoring effort by Kelah Eldridge to outlast KCCHS in the semifinals.

Eldridge, an eighth grader, finished with a game-high 23 points — including 12 points in the overtime period.

With Eldridge scoring seven early points, LCCHS led the Lady Patriots 9-7 at the end of the opening quarter. However, even with Eldridge shut down in both the second and third quarters, the Lady Cougars managed to stretch their advantage to 23-15 at the intermission and to maintain that advantage at 33-25 after three quarters.

The JV Lady Patriots rallied down the stretch behind the scoring of Kelsie Jacobs, who scored 12 of her team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter and in overtime. Morgan Adams and Sasha Pike added eight points and Reagan King wound up with six points.

LCCHS’s only basket in the final quarter, a trey by Kaitlyn Collier, coupled with just six-for-12 from the charity line, allowed LCCHS to hang on for the 42-42 tie at the end of regulation.

Keisha Collins scored 10 points for LCCHS while Kaitlyn Collier and Julie Cornett chipped in with eight and seven points, respectively. Lauren Thomas finished with five points and Vannah Breeding added three points. Auberny Campbell finished with one point.

Letcher Central JV 65

Cordia JV 20

In the district tourney opener, LCCHS, led by Kaitlyn Collier, started slowly — leading just 13-6 after the first quarter. The freshman guard finished with a game-high 17 points — including five treys — in just three quarters of play. Thanks to Collier’s three treys in the third quarter, LCCHS expanded its 29-11 halftime advantage to 48-20 heading into the final quarter and then coasted for the easy win.

Cordia, which failed to score in the fourth quarter, was led by Paula Slone’s 13 points.

Keisha Collins scored 11 points for LCCHS and Vannah Breeding

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