The Letcher County Central Cougars took the consolation trophy in last week’s eight-team Alpha Classic Holiday Tournament hosted by University of Virginia-Wise at its new Convocation Center.
LCC had little trouble defeating Central High (Va.) 66-45 in the opening round on Dec. 27, but lost 57-55 to Abingdon (Va.), on a last second field goal in the semifinals on Dec. 28. The Cougars then defeated Johnson Central (Ky.) 58-44 on Dec. 29 to take third place.
In this season’s first Dave Cantrall’s Rating the State basketball poll in the Lexington Herald- Leader, Knott County Central, now 11-2, is currently ranked 16th and Perry County Central is ranked 22nd. Hazard, Breathitt County and Buckhorn are ranked third through fifth, respectively, in this week’s 14th Region rankings, followed by the 9-4 Cougars in sixth place.
Knott Central is scheduled to host the Cougars in Hindman Thursday in a key district matchup for both squads.
LCC will host Jenkins on Friday evening (Jan. 6).