After a slew of postponed and/ or rescheduled games over the past few weeks, the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars lost at home 46-43 to southwest Virginia power Central High School of Wise County Jan. 29.
With the Cordia boys’ team playing last week in the All “A” Classic in Frankfort, the Cordia girls’ game at LCCHS Jan. 31 was rescheduled to Feb. 5, which will be Senior Night.
And, with an open night on their schedule, the Lady Cougars then rescheduled their Feb. 8 game at Jenkins to Jan. 31 as part of a boy/girl doubleheader and outlasted the Lady Cavs 65-60.
LCCHS travels to Hazard tomorrow night, Feb. 6, and then hosts Belfry Feb. 10. The Lady Cougars will travel to Perry County Central for a big showdown Feb. 12.
Letcher Central 65
The visiting Lady Cougars used their inside strength to offset the perimeter strength of the Lady Cavs in winning 65-60 Jan. 31.
LCCHS, leading just 12- 11 after the first quarter, combined junior guard Cheyanne Stidham’s scoring and defensive pressure to shut down Jenkins’s high-scoring sophomore Whitney Creech and pushed the lead to 32-20 by the intermission.
Stidham, who is averaging 15 points per game, scored 13 of her team-high 23 points in that decisive second quarter.
Creech, who is averaging 34 ppg this season, was limited to just four second-quarter points, but recovered her shooting touch in the second half and finished with a game-high 32 points. Her secondhalf offensive performance and LCCHS’s shooting woes keyed the Lady Cavs’ comeback.
With Stidham going scoreless in the third quarter, LCCHS struggled offensively.
“We missed our first 16 shots in the third,” said coach Dickie Adams, “and made only 4 of 24 shots in the whole quarter. We were zero for 16 from three-point range for the game. That said, we had a lot of rebounds (63) but then we had a lot of chances to rebound.”
LCCHS generated just enough offense in the critical third quarter to keep the lead and led 41-34 going into the final quarter.
If the teams struggled offensively in the third quarter, that was not the case in the last quarter. LCCHS used free throws and the inside scoring of juniors Kristina Bentley and Kim Meade to offset Whitney Creech’s scoring in holding off the Lady Cavs down the stretch.
Bentley finished with 18 points and Meade with 11 — with nine coming in the last quarter. Courtney Brock chipped in with eight points and Kelly Adams finished with three. Kelli Quillen wound up with two points.
Mercedes Boggs added 10 points for 13-9 Jenkins. Sidney Yonts finished with nine points and Brittany Sexton had four. Lexi Stambaugh chipped in with three points and Reanna Elswick finished with two.
Central (Va.) High 46
Letcher Central 43
In what is turning out to be a highly desired annual interstate rivalry, Central High School of Wise, Va., survived a furious finish by the Lady Cougars in winning Jan. 29 in Ermine. Central also won last year in Wise.
Central, last year’s Virginia
Div. 3 state runner-up, was led in scoring by junior guard Logan Reynolds’s game-high 16 points.
The teams swapped the lead several times in the first half with Central leading 11- 10 after the first quarter and 24-20 at the half.
Cheyanne Stidham and Kim Meade led LCCHS with 11 points each. Courtney Brock chipped in with seven points. Kelli Quillen and Kelly Adams added six points each and Kristina Bentley finished with tw0.