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Lady Cougars win at JBS lose to Breathitt County




The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars easily defeated June Buchanan Thursday night, Jan. 15, but then had their five-game winning streak snapped in Jackson last Saturday night, losing for the second time this season to the 14th Region’s top-ranked Breathitt County Lady ‘Cats.

The Lady Cougars’ home match-up Jan. 19 against Perry Central was postponed and rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 9.

Tomorrow night (Thursday), the Lady Cougars will have a rematch at home with Harlan County. LCCHS won at Harlan County in its season opener.

“They’ve been playing well and they’ve played well all year,” said LCCHS coach Dickie Adams. “They played good when we were over there. I think they’ve only lost two, three games. I think they’re something like 12-3. They’ve played some tough teams. They lost at Clay County but beat South Laurel — the top two teams this week in the 13th Region.”

On Saturday night, LCCHS visits its top district rival, Knott County Central. The Lady Patriots won 70-45 last Saturday night at Perry Central and are 8-6 on the season.

“They’re a tough district team and it’ll be a tough district game on the road,” said coach Adams. “We had better be ready to play against a good basketball team because they’re very capable of beating us and I’m sure they’ll be ready and looking forward to playing us.”

Breathitt County 60 Letcher County Central 55

The Lady Cougars and BCHS went to the wire again in this rematch much like BCHS’s early December 49-46 win in Whitesburg. This was another nail-biter, but BCHS, led by freshman guard Kendra Noble’s gamehigh 26 points, and some poor second half field goal shooting by the Lady Cougars, allowed BCHS to pull away in the final seconds.

“That’s a tough team to play,” said coach Adams. “They played much better than they played in Whitesburg and we did, too. We had just 11 turnovers but we couldn’t handle Noble. Noble killed us because we couldn’t keep her from getting to the goal. We’ll have to figure out a way to handle her.”

After trailing 20-18 at the end of the first quarter, LCCHS went in front at the break but struggled offensively in the third quarter and lost its lead.

“We led 37-34 at the half and then we just came out and didn’t make shots and didn’t score enough points to win,” said coach Adams. “We scored just 18 points in the second half and that’s not going to win many games. We turned the ball over more in the second half than the first, but we just didn’t make shots and we had good shots.”

Breathitt, with Noble doing most of the damage, reclaimed the lead 47-45 at the end of three quarters and then dodged a bullet when LCCHS misfired in the final second on a game-tying threepoint shot attempt.

“I’d say the final score was the biggest lead of the game,” said coach Adams. “Neither team led by more than five points the whole game. We had the ball and missed a three-pointer in the final seconds to tie it up and then fouled and they made two free throws for the final margin.”

Brianna Deaton and Brittany Haddix scored eight points each for the Lady ‘Cats, who improved to 10-6 with their third straight win.

Brittany Sexton’s 14 points led 12-4 LCCHS. Haley Whitaker chipped in with 13 points and Sharaye Kincer finished with 11 points.

Shannon Bays and Erica Meade added six points each. Tierra Baker scored three points and Kelah Eldridge finished with two points.

Letcher County

Central 76

June Buchanan 48

The visiting Lady Cougars notched their fifth straight win Thursday night in Pippa Passes to raise their record to 12-3.

The Lady Cougars are unbeaten at 4-0 against district rivals.

Led by the trio of Sharaye Kincer, Kelah Eldridge and Brittany Sexton, LCCHS jumped to an early commanding lead and was never seriously challenged.

“Sharaye and Brittany and Kelah played very well,” said coach Dickie Adams. “Erica Meade also played very well. Our defense turned them over a lot and that led to some easy baskets.

“(In our rematch) I just felt like we played much better. Our defense was really good and we just kind of shut them down. We had 18 steals and forced 14 turnovers and we had 24 assists.”

Kincer finished with team highs of 15 points and 16 rebounds. Eldridge added 14 points and Sexton wound up with 13 points.

Shannon Bays tossed in nine points and Tierra Baker and Chloe Wynn contributed seven points each. Myrika Begley, Lauren Thomas and Auberny Campbell scored two points each and Micca Boggs added one point.


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