The Letcher Central Cougars posted a 2-2 record last week to raise their overall mark to 6-16. The Cougars started the week with a 64-48 loss at home to Knott County Central on January 23. LCC then posted back-to-back wins at home over Buckhorn and Jenkins on January 24 and January 26, respectively, before losing 61-55 at home to Eastside (Va.) January 27.
The Cougars visit June Buchanan (5-14) February. 1, before hosting Perry Central (13-5) on February. 3 and Cordia (12-10) on February. 6.
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Letcher Central 55
The Eastside Spartans from Coeburn, Va., won their 10th straight game, 61-55, at Letcher Central January 27 to raise their record to 15-3.
Eastside led 11-10 after the first quarter and 27-23 at the half and then used a 6-0 run to close the third quarter for a commanding 46-33 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Cougars closed to within 51-47 on Greg Kincer’s basket midway of the fourth quarter and Elijah Raglin’s trey pulled the Cougars to within 56-52 with three minutes left. Kincer’s trey cut Eastside’s lead to 58-55 inside the last two minutes, but LCC missed a couple of shots from the floor and a couple of free throws at the end, allowing Eastside to hang on for the victory.
Luke Lawson led the Spartans with a game-high 21 points. He also chipped in with 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Nick Livingston finished with 14 points.
Junior center Tyler Boggs had a huge night for the 6-16 Cougars — posting a double-double teamleading 17 points and 11 rebounds. He also had two blocked shots.
Greg Kincer chipped in with 16 points and Trevor Hardin scored eight points. Elijah Raglin finished with seven points and seven rebounds. Tyler Stacy added five points and Caleb Stidham two points.
The Spartans out-rebounded the Cougars 40-35 and converted 22 of 51 field goal attempts for 43 percent while holding the Cougars to 16 of 50 shooting for 32 percent. The Cougars made 19 of 33 free throws while the Spartans made just 12 of 20.
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The Letcher Central Cougars easily defeating visiting Jenkins 77-46 January 26.
Early Jenkins mistakes fueled a 10-2 run by the Cougars and LCC led 26-13 after the first quarter and 51-25 at the half. LCC extended its lead to 73-34 heading into the final quarter.
Kobe Brown led Jenkins with 14 points. Jason Sandlin chipped in with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Ethan Cummings finished with 10 points and Payton Rose with eight points. Chad Fleming scored two points and Josh Wright scored one point.
The Cavaliers (0-19) made 19 of 47 field goal attempts for 40 percent and 7 of 13 free throws. Jenkins committed 21 turnovers and claimed 28 rebounds.
Tyler Boggs led the 6-15 Cougars with a game-high 20 points. He also claimed a team-high six rebounds. Elijah Raglin scored 16 points and Greg Kincer chipped in with 13. Tyler Stacy added 10 points. Trevor Hardin and Caleb Stidham finished with six and five points, respectively. Isaiah Bentley scored three points and Manny Gibson added two points. Kenton Combs finished with one point.
The Cougars made 29 of 60 field goal attempts for 48 percent and made 11 turnovers. LCC claimed 35 rebounds. The Cougars made 14 of 17 free throw attempts.
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The host Letcher Central Cougars came from behind in the fourth quarter to edge the visiting Buckhorn Wildcats 57-53 January 24.
LCC led 7-5 at the end of the first quarter. A 20-6 run to open the second quarter allowed the Cougars to take a 26-15 at the break. The Wildcats, taking advantage of the Cougars’ mistakes, rallied after the break to take a 40-39 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Early fourth-quarter baskets by Tyler Boggs and Tyler Stacy pushed the Cougars in front 47-44. A pair of free throws by Buckhorn’s Austin Bennett cut the Cougars’ lead to 49-48 midway of the fourth quarter. Back-to-back baskets by Elijah Raglin gave the Cougars a 53-48 lead and then four straight free throws by junior guard Caleb Stidham extended the Cougars’ lead to 57-50 and allowed the Cougars to survive despite missing four straight free throws in the final minute.
Austin Bennett’s game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds led the 4-14 Wildcats. Nicholas Stidham scored 12 points and Jacob Napier finished with 10.
The Wildcats made 21 of 53 field goal attempts for 40 percent and pulled down 30 rebounds while limiting their turnovers to 11.
The 5-15 Cougars received balanced scoring with four players scoring in double figures. Greg Kincer finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Boggs added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Elijah Raglin scored 11 points and Caleb Stidham 10 points. Tyler Stacy finished with eight points and Parker Williams wound up with two points.
The Cougars shot 50 percent from the floor, making 22 of 44 attempts and 12 of 23 from the charity line. LCC claimed 35 rebounds but was guilty of 16 turnovers.
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Letcher Central 48
The visiting Knott Central Patriots pulled away in the second half to down the host Cougars 64-48 January 23 in a key district match-up for both teams. The Patriots remain unbeaten in the 53rd District while the Cougars fall to 1-3.
LCC led 13-12 at the end of the opening quarter. There were three lead changes early in the fourth quarter before the Patriots’ defense forced the Cougars in several turnovers that resulted in easy baskets. Isaac Caudill’s basket gave KCCHS a 23-21 lead midway of the quarter and the Patriots never relinquished the lead. KCCHS led 31-27 at the break and, again taking advantage of LCC mistakes, extended its lead to 48-35 after three quarters.
Khalil Slone led the Patriots with a game-high 19 points. Kolton Hofsess scored 15 points and Isaac Caudill chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds. Colby Napier wound up with 10 points.
KCCHS, now 14-4, made 23 of 44 field goal attempts for 52 percent and pulled down 28 rebounds while limiting its turnovers to eight.
Elijah Raglin led 4-15 LCC with 18 points and six rebounds. Greg Kincer scored 14 points. Caleb Stidham finished with six points and Tyler Stacy with five. Trevor Hardin wound up with three points and Tyler Boggs finished with two points and six rebounds.
LCC made 16 of 41 field goal attempts for 39 percent while making 15 turnovers. The Cougars claimed 24 rebounds and made 13 of 16 from the charity line.