The Letcher Central High School Lady Cougars dropped back-to-back games at Perry Central on the road and at home to Jenkins last week before beating host Pike Central in overtime Sunday afternoon. The Lady Cougars then lost at home Monday night to Central High of Wise, Va., to drop their record to 5-15.
The Lady Cougars have just four regular season games remaining, with only one game at home against Breathitt County (16-5) on Friday. Letcher Central’s remaining games are at Hazard (14-8) Thursday, at Harlan County (17-6) on February 8, and at Allen Central on February 17.
Jenkins will host this season’s girls’ 53rd District Tournament the week of February 22.
Central (Wise, Va.) 52 Letcher Central 25
The visiting Central Lady Warriors pulled away in the final quarter from Letcher Central for the 52-25 victory February 1.
The two teams struggled offensively through the first three quarters with Central managing to lead 9-5 after the first quarter and 17-12 at the half. In the third quarter, Central pushed its margin to 26-16 and steadily stretched its lead to the final margin.
LCC struggled offensively, both with making shots and turnovers. LCC shot just 23 percent (8/35 field goal attempts) and made 29 turnovers. LCC’s turnovers led to 18 points for the Lady Warriors.
Central was slightly better finishing with 16/49 field goal attempts for 33 percent and 17 turnovers.
Samantha Tubbs’s nine points led LCC. Shelby Hall chipped in with six points and Paige Caudill wound up with four points. Grayson
Collier scored three points.
Annie Church led the Lady Warriors with 15 points. Brook Porter finished with 13.
Letcher Central 63 Pike Central 55 OT
Freshman Alyssa Franklin rebounded a miss in the final seconds of regulation and then made the tying basket for Letcher Central in its overtime victory at Pike Central January 31.
In the overtime, the Lady Cougars scored the first six points and then made 8/10 free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
Franklin finished with five points, two rebounds and three assists in limited action.
Pike Central led for most of the game: 11-8 after the first quarter, 25-24 at the half and 41-33 entering the final quarter.
Shelby Hall led LCC with 16 points. Alyssa Adams added 10.
Freshman Emma Maggard finished with a double/double of 14 points and 10 rebounds and was selected as the Player of the Game.
Grayson Collier chipped in with eight points. Samantha Tubbs and Paige Caudill had four each.
Jenkins 65 Letcher Central 52
Whitney Creech showed why she is the top scorer in the state as she led her visiting Jenkins Lady Cavaliers to a solid 65-52 victory over the Letcher Central Lady Cougars January 30.
While Creech may be a scoring machine, it’s too easy to overlook all the other things she does for her team — like playing every second of the game, leading her team in rebounds with 11 and dishing out three assists. The 5-9 senior, who will play next year at Western Kentucky, can be very disruptive on defense by blocking shots and coming up with steals or knocking the ball loose for someone else to grab.
Creech, who is averaging 51 points per game, finished with 47 points, making 12/24 field goal attempts and 23/26 at the charity line.
Jenkins led LCC 15-12 after the first quarter before the Lady Cougars made just 2/15 field goal attempts in the second quarter and trailed 32-17 at the half. LCC played evenly with the Lady Cavs in the second half but could get no closer than eight points.
Alexis Stambaugh scored 10 points for the Lady Cavs (10-11). Emilee Rose added six points and Melissa Bartley two points.
Alyssa Adams’s 18 points led LCC. Samantha Tubbs and Shelby Hall finished with 14 points each. Paige Caudill chipped in with six points and eight rebounds.
Samantha Tibbs claimed a game-high 12 rebounds as LCC outrebounded Jenkins 54-35.
Jenkins shot 34 percent (18/54) while LCC made 20/69 field goal attempts for 29 percent.
Perry Central 73 Letcher Central 35
Perry Central expanded a 10-point half-time advantage into a rout in the second half, easily defeating visiting Letcher Central 73-35 January 27.
The Lady Commodores blistered the nets for 15 treys.
Shelby Hall’s 16 points led LCC. Jody Fleming scored five points while Alyssa Adams and Paige Caudill finished with four points each. Samantha Tubbs wound up with three points. Emma Maggard added two points and Destiny Hall scored one point.