After last week’s holiday action in the Central Bank Classic in Lexington, the Letcher Central High School Cougars will play at home for the first time in nearly three weeks when they host 6-5 Leslie County tomorrow night, Jan. 4. The 3-11 Cougars will be right back on the road the next evening when they travel to 2-10 Phelps to take on the Hornets on Jan. 5.
The Cougars will host Paintsville Tuesday, Jan. 9, before traveling to Corbin on Saturday, Jan. 13.
Tates Creek 63
Letcher Central 58
The hard-luck Letcher Central Cougars lost a tough one, 63-58, to Tates Creek in the third and final game of last week’s Central Bank Classic in Lexington Dec. 29.
LCCHS trailed 17-12 after the first game and 30-28 at the break and just could not grab the lead. The Cougars battled through their own mistakes and were trailing just 46-41 after three quarters. The 3-9 Commodores, led by Mikaleb Coffey’s 18 points and 11 rebounds and James McKenzie’s 18 points, managed to hang on down the stretch.
Elijah Raglin’s game-high 19 points and six rebounds led the Cougars. Greg Kincer finished with 12 points. Tyler Stacy and Trevor Hardin chipped in with seven points each. Caleb Stidham added six points and Tyler Boggs finished with five points and six rebounds. Dalton Martin scored two points.
Letcher Central 48
The Letcher Central Cougars build an early lead in the second game of the Central Bank Classic last Thursday, Dec. 28, but suffered through missed shots and turnovers in the second quarter that allowed Central to take the lead and then hold off the Cougars in the second half for a 61-48 victory over Letcher Central.
Letcher Central led 16-9 after the first quarter but trailed 31-25 at the break and 44-33 after three quarters.
Greg Kincer’s game-high double/ double of 16 points and 10 rebounds led the Cougars. Tyler Stacy chipped in with 12 points and Caleb Stidham added eight points and six rebounds. Elijah Raglin and Trevor Hardin wound up with five points each. Dalton Martin added two points. While Tyler Boggs failed to score, he pulled down eight rebounds.
Rico White led 2-7 Central with 16 points and eight rebounds. Michael Romaine added 14 points.
Both teams were guilty of 17 turnovers but Central converted 25 of 59 field goal attempts for 42 percent while the Cougars managed just 18 of 54 for 33 percent.
Lexington Christian Acad. 78
Letcher Central 42
The LCA Eagles broke open a close game in the second half to defeat visiting Letcher Central 78-42 in last Wednesday’s opening round of the three-day Central Bank Classic in Lexington.
The Eagles led 17-11 after the first quarter and 31-25 at the half. After the break, the Eagles’ defense forced the Cougars into three turnovers and seven missed shots to start the third quarter. Senior Dalton Martin’s trey ended a 14-0 run by the Eagles and cut the Cougars’ deficit to 45-28 midway of the third quarter.
The Cougars trailed 54-32 entering the final quarter.
LCA evened its record at 5-5 and placed four players in double figure scoring — led by Austin Hall’s game-high 21 points. Kyle Rode scored 17 with Will Hacker and Carter Hendrickson finishing with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Junior Greg Kincer’s 16 points and five rebounds led 3-9 LCCHS. Elijah Raglin scored 12 points. Tyler Boggs and Caleb Stidham added four points each. Dalton Martin finished with three points and Tyler Stacy with two.
LCCHS made 16 of 45 field goal attempts for 36 percent and 8 of 9 free throw attempts. The Cougars were out-rebounded 43-24 by the Eagles.
The Cougars made 21 of 52 field goal attempts for 41 percent while Eastern shot 50 percent making 31 of 62 field goal attempts. The Cougars made 19 of 26 free throws while Eastern made 3 of 7. The Cougars out-rebounded the Eagles 40-31.