Whitesburg KY

LCC boys win two

The Letcher County Central Cougars took a modest two-game winning streak into last night’s visit to 3-1 South Floyd. The Cougars’ two losses this season have been to unbeaten Harlan County (5-0) and to Corbin (3-1).

The Cougars (3-2) will be participating in the threeday Smoky Mountain Classic in Gatlinburg, Tenn., beginning Dec. 19.

The Cougars are scheduled to participate in the three-day Pikeville Invitational beginning on Dec. 26.

Letcher Central 64
Belfry 62

The visiting Cougars rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the host Pirates, 64- 62, at Belfry Dec. 13 to raise their record to 3-2.

The Cougars broke from the gate early and led 14-5 after the first quarter, but then could not stop Belfry’s offense in the second quarter and fell behind 33-28 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Cougars battled the Pirates on even terms, but still trailed 47-43 going into the final quarter before rallying for the victory behind the scoring of seniors Chippy Frazier and Josh Owens and freshman Torell Carter.

The Cougars were led in scoring by Carter’s gamehigh 19 points. Frazier and Owens added 17 and 16, respectively. Sophomore guard Jordan Gregory chipped in with nine points. Tyler Collins added two points and Hunter Hall finished with one point.

Belfry, in losing its season opener, was led in scoring by sophomore Garrett Fannin’s 18 points.

Letcher Central 73
Phelps 51

The host Cougars had little trouble in downing winless (0-4) Phelps 73-51 on Dec.10.

With 12 different players scoring, the Cougars trailed 8-7 midway of the first quarter but then went on a 10-0 run and never looked back. With senior Josh Owens and freshman Torell Carter taking over inside, LCCHS pulled away to lead 19-12 by the end of first quarter.

The Cougars’ defensive pressure in the second quarter forced Phelps into seven of 15 total turnovers which led to easy layups as LCCHS outscored the Hornets 28-11 to build its lead to 47-23 by the half.

Owens, who had 17 points in the first half, played just three minutes in the second half and finished with a game-high 19. Carter, who also played sparingly in the second half, finished with 11 points.

Owens and Carter led the Cougars with five rebounds each but the Hornets, surprisingly, outrebounded LCCHS 35-32 in a meaningless statistic.

With a lot of subs playing in the second half, LCCHS never let the Hornets get closer than 20 points.

Jordan Morrow scored eight points while Chippy Frazier and Jordan Gregory finished with seven points each. Tyler Collins added six points and Tristin Cunniff four. Damen Holbrook scored three points. Austin Banks, Kyler Lucas, Austin Caudill and Dalton Dollarhide finished with two points each.

Davon Smith and Elijah Branham led the Hornets with nine points each.

The Cougars shot a sizzling 67 percent by making 20 of 30 field goal attempts in the first half and finished with 56 percent on 31 of 55 made field goal attempts.

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