The Letcher Central Cougars’ recent schedule has been greatly affected by the weather. The Cougars’ game at Harlan on Jan. 30 was cancelled, Perry County Central’s scheduled visit to LCCHS on Feb. 3 was rescheduled for Feb. 15, and Shelby Valley’s scheduled visit to LCCHS on Feb. 8 has been cancelled.
Letcher Central will visit 16-5 South Laurel on Saturday, Feb. 10, and 11-7 Hazard on Tuesday, Feb. 13, before hosting 13-6 Perry Central Feb. 15.
The Letcher Central Cougars will host the 53rd District tournament the week of Feb. 19, with Knott County Central the top seed. The Letcher Central Cougars (7-16 and 2-3) hosted Cordia (13-11 and 3-3) with the second seed on the line. June Buchanan, (6-15 and 0-4) will be the fourth seed.
The boys’ 14th Region tournament will be hosted by Perry County Central the week of Feb. 26.
The boys’ Sweet Sixteen begins at Rupp Arena on Mar. 21.
Letcher Central 64
June Buchanan 46
Despite a flurry of early turnovers, the visiting Letcher Central Cougars built an early doubledigit lead before the JBS Crusaders rallied to close to within 20-16 by the end of the first quarter.
The Cougars’ balanced scoring allowed LCCHS to extend its lead to 34-24 by the half and then break the game open in the second half.
In the third quarter, the Cougars cranked up their defensive pressure while limiting their mistakes to a single turnover in building their lead to 50-31 heading into the fourth quarter.
June Buchanan, in suffering its fifth straight loss, was led in scoring by Evan Caudill’s 17 points. Lucas Hall added 12 points.
The 7-16 Cougars placed four players in double-figure scoring, led by a game-high 19 points from Elijah Raglin. Raglin also claimed a game-high eight rebounds. Tyler Boggs and Tyler Stacy finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Caleb Stidham added 10 points and four assists. Greg Kincer was limited to three points. Trevor Hardin and Isaiah Bentley scored two points each and Parker Williams wound up with one point.
The Cougars made 28 of 49 field goal attempts for 57 percent and out-rebounded the Crusaders 30-20. The Cougars were charged with 13 turnovers and forced the Crusaders into 14.