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Lady Cougars top Knott to win 53rd District title

Letcher Central’s Brooke Bates draws a foul while laying the ball up in the title game of the girls’ 53rd District Tourney. LCC continued its dominance over Knott Central in the district tournament, repeating as champs and improving the record between the two teams in district play to 10-4 in favor of LCC. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

Letcher Central’s Brooke Bates draws a foul while laying the ball up in the title game of the girls’ 53rd District Tourney. LCC continued its dominance over Knott Central in the district tournament, repeating as champs and improving the record between the two teams in district play to 10-4 in favor of LCC. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

Third time was the charm for the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars, as they defeated the Knott County Central Lady Patriots for the championship of the girls’ 53rd District Basketball Tournament.

Sophomore guard Kaylee Banks scored 20 points and Brooklyn Collins added 15 points to lead the Lady Cougars to the 55 to 41 victory last Thursday at Alice Lloyd College. The win enabled the Lady Cougars (22-10) to advance into the 14th Region Tournament, which they are hosting.

LCC also got 9 points from Loren Boggs, 7 points from Brooke Bates, and 4 points from Keira Couch. The Lady Cougars shot 51.3 percent from the field and 80 percent from the foul line, where they connected on 12 of 15 attempts.

Brooklynn Collins led the team in rebounding with 9. Kaylee Banks and Loren Boggs each pulled down 8 caroms.

LCC opened Tuesday night’s opening-round play at Ermine against the 55th District runner-up Jackson City Lady Tigers (12-17), who fell Wolfe County in their district final, 72 to 39. With a victory Tuesday, the Lady Cougars would advance to second-round play on Friday with an 8:15 p.m. match-up with the winner of the Hazard vs. Estill County game.

PLAYING LIKE A CHAMPION — Letcher Central’s Kaylee Banks drives toward the basket in Thursday’s district championship game. The Lady Cougars downed Knott Central 55-41 to repeat as district champs. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

PLAYING LIKE A CHAMPION — Letcher Central’s Kaylee Banks drives toward the basket in Thursday’s district championship game. The Lady Cougars downed Knott Central 55-41 to repeat as district champs. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

The 14th Region Tournament opened Monday night at Ermine with Knott County Central defeating

Wolfe County, 73 to 61, and Owsley County beating Leslie County, 58 to 38. Knott Central and Owsley will meet on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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