The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars are in the midst of playing five games in an eight-day cycle before the two-day Christmas Tournament in Wise on December 21 and 22. The Lady Cougars will travel to San Diego for a three-day holiday tournament the week after Christmas.
The Lady Cougars hosted Betsy Layne this past Monday evening and traveled to East Ridge last night, and will host Jenkins tomorrow night, Dec. 13, and visit Belfry Saturday night and Cordia next Monday night, Dec. 17.
Scott County 68
Letcher Central 45
The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars, with several starters battling illnesses, took their unbeaten (3-0) record on the road to Scott County on December and came away with their first loss of the season.
The Lady Cardinals, a pre-season top-25 team with a couple of wins already this month over higher ranked Lexington teams, shut down LCCHS early with a smothering defensive effort on one end, and offensive balance on the other end.
The Lady Cardinals jumped in front early and led 25-6 after the first quarter. After the first quarter implosion, LCCHS recovered and played Scot County on even terms, but could not make a big dent in its deficit — trailing 36-21 at the half, and 50-34 heading into the final quarter.
Tireka Szorenyi led the 5-0 Lady Cardinals with a game-high 17 points. All- Stater Tereka Guyn added 15 points with Audriana Christopher and Rachel Young finishing with 14 and 13 points respectively.
All-Stater Kayla Eldridge’s 15 points led LCCHS. Cheyanne Stidham added 12 points and Vannah Breeding, seven points. Julie Cornett and Kristina Bentley would up with four points each. Keisha Collins scored two points and Kelly Adams finished with one point.
Letcher Central 70
June Buchanan School 15
The top ranked team in the 14th Region easily defeated the host Lady Crusaders on December 6 in Pippa Passes to raise their record to 3-0.
The Lady Cougars, led by senior guard Kelah Eldridge’s game-high 24 points, jumped out to a commanding 31-6 lead by the end of the opening quarter and never looked back. Henderson’s team-high five points led JBS.
Substituting freely, the Lady Cougars increased their margin to 46-7 by the intermission, and to 64-12 after three quarters.
Kelli Quillen and Courtney Brock finished with nine points each. Vannah Breeding added eight points, while Cheyanne Stidham and Kelly Adams scored six points each. Kim Meade and Julie Cornett wound up with four points each.
Knott Central 69
The visiting and unbeaten Lady Patriots ran their record to 3-0 with the easy victory at Jenkins on December 4, despite a gamehigh 22 points effort from Jenkins freshman guard Whitney Creech.
KCCHS, behind the outside scoring of guards Hailey Short and Paige Slone, led 18-9 after the first quarter, 41-24 at the break, and then pulled away for a 60-30 lead heading into the final quarter.
Hailey Short, a junior, led the Lady Patriots with 17 points. Senior Paige Slone added 15 points, and 5-10 senior center Hillary Ratliff finished with 12 points.
Junior Baylee Rose, freshman Alexis Stambaugh and sophomore Brittany Sexton scored four points each for the 0-2 Lady Cavaliers. Senior Brittany Mullins chipped in with two points.