The Letcher Central Lady Cougars dropped a pair of tough losses last weekend at Belfry and at Harlan Independent to lower their record to 3-2.
LCC lost 63-57 at 4-1 Belfry Dec. 8, and then dropped a heartbreaker 55-46 in overtime at 3-2 Harlan Independent Dec. 9.
The Lady Cougars will host 2-2 Breathitt County Friday night before traveling to 4-3 East Ridge on Saturday afternoon for a 2p.m. game. The Lady Cougars visit 4-1 Leslie County Dec. 18 and then host 1-4 Estill County on Dec. 19.
The Lady Cougars will participate in the KSA Events Holiday Tournament in Orlando, Fla., beginning on Dec. 26. The Lady Cougars will play at least three games through Dec. 30.
Betsy Layne 60
Letcher Central 54
After opening their season with three straight wins, the Letcher Central Lady Cougars stumbled at Betsy Layne in losing 60-54 Dec. 4.
“We dug ourselves a hole,” said LCC Coach Keith Baker. “We got down 17 points at one point (in the first half) and had to fight our way back.”
The cold-shooting Lady Cougars trailed the host Lady Bobcats 18-8 after the first quarter and 27- 10 midway of the second quarter. LCC rallied behind the outside shooting of Brooklyn Collins, Mackenzie Craft and Loren Boggs to cut Betsy Layne’s lead to 33-25 at the half.
The Lady Cougars’ poor free throw shooting, 4 of 11 in the second quarter, kept them from getting the lead.
LCC trailed 46-42 after three quarters and closed to within one in the fourth quarter but missed makeable shots and continued to struggle at the free throw line.
“We couldn’t convert on our easy baskets or free throws,” said Coach Baker. “(We went through) the ups and downs of an inexperienced team.”
The Lady Cougars converted 17 of 64 field goal attempts for 27 percent and 13 of 29 free throw attempts for 45 percent. LCC outrebounded Betsy Layne 40-33. The Lady Bobcats also struggled with their shooting, converting just 23 of 64 field goal attempts (37 percent) and 13 of 27 from the charity line for 48 percent.
Sophomore Brooklyn Collins led 3-1 LCC with 20 points including five treys. She also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Eighth-grade guard Loren Boggs came off the bench in the second quarter to spark the Lady Cougars and finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Mackenzie Craft scored seven points. Camryn Parks chipped in with six points. Jessica Boggs and Alyssa Franklin chipped in with three points each. Brooke Bates wound up with two points.
Megan Frazier’s 20 points led 1-3 Betsy Layne. Destiny Compton chipped in with 18 points.