In a showdown for the top spot in the regular season 53rd District standings January 23 in Ermine, the host Letcher Central Lady Cougars gained a measure of revenge for their earlier 58-56 overtime loss at Knott County Central back on January 3 by defeating the Lady Patriots 60-37 behind the scoring of seniors Cheyanne Stidham, Courtney Brock and Kristina Bentley.
In discussing his team’s decisive win over the Lady Patriots, coach Dickie Adams said a lot of things were going on before his team’s overtime loss at Knott County Central.
“The girls were upset in that game after losing Kim (Meade) the day before in practice and we just had not had time to get over (Kim’s) injury,” explained coach Adams. “( With no game scheduled the past week) we spent a lot of time in the gym to get ready for this game and I think it showed in the way we played.”
The Lady Cougars were focused on the game from the start and used a very effective 2-3 zone packed in below the free throw line to deny KCC a driving or passing opportunity for a shot in the paint.
With only one outside shooting threat, KCCHS fell behind early. Kristina Bentley’s layup with 1:08 left in the first quarter extended LCCHS’s lead to 15-8.
LCCHS’s offensive game was to penetrate and dish off with Kristina Bentley benefitting with easy shots. Bentley scored 10 points of her 14 points in the first half as LCCHS led the Lady Patriots 24-13 at the break. Bentley also claimed a game-high 10 rebounds.
With the inside/outside offensive game clicking early in the second half, KCCHS was forced to defend the paint, opening up Cheyanne Stidham and Courtney Brock for perimeter shots which they converted. Brock’s short jumper extended LCCHS’s lead to 35-20 with 3:50 left in the third quarter. After that, LCCHS hit a rough spot with four turnovers in six trips down the floor and settled for 37-29 lead heading into the final quarter.
A trey by Brock and minutes later back-to-back treys by Stidham extended LCCHS’s lead to 48-32 with 5:40 left to play. Another trey by Brock with 1:58 left to play sealed the big win for the Lady Cougars.
Brock, who was 3/7 from behind the arc, finished with 17 points and six rebounds. Stidham, who was 2/3 from behind the arc, finished with a game-high 19 points, four assists and five rebounds. Kelly Adams chipped in with four points and five rebounds.
Sara Baker, Amber Crawford and Shelby Hall scored two points each.
The Lady Cougars visit Central Va. High this evening, Jan. 28, and then return home for a string of five straight games beginning with Cordia on Friday night, January 30.