The final two weeks of December will be a busy time for the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars, who have started the 2019-20 basketball season with a 6-1 record.
Fresh off a 64 to 50 win at Leslie County earlier this week, the Lady Cougars will be in Gatlinburg, Tennessee tomorrow night (Thursday) for the start of the three-day Smokey Mountain Classic. LCC will open the tourney, to be held at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, with a 7 p.m. game against Gordon Central High of Calhoun, Georgia. The Lady Cougars will also play in games on Friday and Saturday.
After taking a break for Christmas, the Lady Cougars will hit the road again on December 26 to face Woodford County in the opening game of the three-day Berea Holiday Classic at Berea.
In their latest win over Leslie County, the Lady Cougars were led by 23 points from Brooklyn Collins and 18 points from Mackenzie Craft, who hit six of her 13 three-point field goal attempts. Kaylee Banks connected on six of nine two-point attempts to finish with 12 points. Also scoring were Tori Holcomb (eight points), Brooke Bates (two points), and Courtney Hayes (one point).
On December 16, 11 LCC players scored as the Lady Cougars easily defeated Betsy Layne, 85 to 35. Brooke Bates led the team with 15 points and Kaylee Banks and Brooklyn Collins each scored 14 points. Heidi Bentley poured in 11 points on five-of-six shooting from two-point range. Kaylee Banks, who also hit on five of six two-pointers, scored 10 points.
Also scoring for LCC were Camryn Collins (six points) and Loren Boggs (four points). Courtney Hayes, Mackenzie Craft, and Abby Howard each scored three points, and Farrah Combs added two points.
The Lady Cougars also received balanced scoring in their 80 to 62 win over Mountain Mission of Grundy, Virginia in a game played on December 13.
Kaylee Banks led LCC in that contest with 18 points, while Mackenzie Craft and Brooke Bates each scored 17 points. Also scoring were Brooklyn Collins (nine points), Camryn Collins and Tori Holcomb (each with seven points), Loren Boggs, (three points), and Sydney Craft (two points).