In last week’s highly competitive eight-team, three-day Gateway Holiday Classic at Montgomery County High School in Mt. Sterling, the Letcher County Central High School Lady Cougars managed to win one of their three games. LCCHS lost its opening round game to Madison Central before beating Rowan County in the second round and then losing to North Laurel in the finale on Dec. 30.
The Lady Cougars, who are now 4-6 and have played their last nine games on the road, returned home last night, Jan. 4, to host district foe June Buchanan. The Lady Cougars won, 82-30.
Letcher Central will host the Jenkins Lady Cavaliers this Friday night before traveling to highly regarded Leslie County on Saturday night and to Pike County Central next Monday, Jan. 10.
The Lady Cougars’ early season struggles in both the Cumberland Falls Lady Redhounds Invitational and the Gateway Holiday Classic have resulted in LCCHS dropping to third in the region in the first weekly Dave Cantrall girls’ high school basketball poll that was released this past Monday.
The 14th Region’s top team is Perry County Central. The 7-1 Lady ‘Dores are ranked 24th in the first poll. Unranked Breathitt County has moved into the second spot in the region this week in front of LCCHS in third — a small step in front of Knott County Central and fifth-place Powell County.
Madison Central 67 Letcher County Central 42
On Dec. 28, the Lady Indians, 29-2 last year and the preseason pick as the second-best team in the 11th Region, were led by senior Kristi Feldhaus’s game-high 16 points. Madison Central (6-2) outscored LCCHS 20-12 in the third quarter to pull away for the victory.
LCCHS led 7-6 after the first quarter and then struggled offensively the rest of the game, trailing 26-18 at the half and 46-30 at the
(Continued on Page 11)
(Continued from Page 10) end of three quarters.
Sophomore forward Julie Cornett led LCCHS with 16 points. Sophomore Kelah Eldridge added 10 points and Vannah Breeding six points. Haley Whitaker finished with four points while Keisha Collins, Micca Boggs and Lauren Thomas chipped in with two points each.
Letcher County Central 64 Rowan County 56
Rowan County (7-2), the preseason 16th Region top pick, struggled in the Gateway tournament and lost its second straight to the Lady Cougars.
North Laurel 51 Letcher County Central 31
North Laurel (6-4), also rated second in the preseason 13th Region, defensively contained the Lady Cougars in the finale on Dec. 30.
LCCHS trailed 12-6 after the opening quarter, 24-16 at the half and 34-26 after three quarters.
Kelah Eldridge’s 13 points led LCCHS. Vannah Breeding tossed in seven points and Keisha Collins added five points. Haley Whitaker added four points and Julie Cornett finished with two points.