Snow and freezing weather continued last week, forcing numerous local basketball cancellations with coaches scrambling to reschedule games.
The Letcher County Lady Cougars, who did not have any scheduled games following last week’s costly Jan. 10 victory at Pike County Central, managed to rescheduled their Jan. 8 matchup with Leslie County in Hyden this past Sunday afternoon — winning in overtime to raise their record to 8-6.
LCCHS suffered a major blow when sophomore guard and leading scorer Kelah Eldridge suffered a torn ACL in the first quarter of the Lady Cougars’ win at Pike County Central. With the loss of Eldridge, probably for the season, coach Dickie Adams’s bench became even thinner.
“If you pick one thing that hurt worse than anything, it would be our depth because we’re one front line player away from what we were before. It’s sad; I hate to see kids sidelined for something like that. We’ll just have to make out of it what we can,” said Adams.
The Lady Cougars, weather permitting, have two critical district games scheduled this weekend. LCCHS, unbeaten in district play at 3-0, visits Jenkins this Friday night and Knott County Central Saturday night before returning home to host Breathitt County next Monday night, Jan. 24.
The Lady Cougars, who have now won four straight and climbed two spots into second place in this week’s 14th Region standings, hosted13th Ranked (13-2) Perry County Central last night, Jan. 18.
Letcher County Central 61
Leslie County 56 (OT)
The visiting Lady Cougars, with three players scoring in double figures, nailed seven- of- eight pressure-packed free throws in overtime to hold off highly regarded Leslie County this past Sunday afternoon in Hyden.
LCCHS struggled to a 10- 8 advantage at the end of the first quarter and then extended the margin to 22-14 by the half.
“It was ugly but we won,” said Adams. “We beat Leslie at Leslie which is pretty good. We didn’t shoot real good, but we worked hard and we played hard. We were ahead and they fouled a lot trying to catch up. We couldn’t make (free throws) in the first half, but then made them in the second half. We were six-for-17 in the first half and 18-for-20 in the second half.”
Leslie County battled back in the second half — closing to within 33-29 by the end of the third quarter and then outscoring