With their easy 95-45 win over visiting Jenkins on Jan. 11, the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars are now 14-1 with a 12-game winning streak.
Over the next two weeks, the Lady Cougars will hit perhaps their toughest stretch of the season. LCCHS travels to June Buchanan for a rematch tomorrow night (Thursday) and then travel back to central Kentucky to take on dangerous Montgomery County in the Joe B. Hall Classic in Mt. Sterling on Saturday, Jan. 16.
LCCHS visits Perry County Central Tuesday, Jan. 19, and Knott County Central Saturday night, Jan. 23, with Breathitt County coming to Ermine on Jan. 25.
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The Lady Cougars used their full-court defensive pressure early to gain a huge advantage in easily downing the visiting Lady Cavs Monday. LCCHS forced Jenkins High School into 19 first half turnovers and 37 for the game.
With freshman guard Kalah Eldridge scoring 14 of her gamehigh 27 points and senior Brittany Sexton scoring 12 of her 22 points, LCCHS ran off 22 straight points to take a commanding 32-6 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Eldridge was nearly perfect during a six-minute span, hitting on four-of-four from behind the arc and one-of-two from inside the arc while Sexton was nearly unstoppable from the paint.
Despite the lopsided score, the Lady Cavs refused to quit. In the second quarter, JHS battled LCCHS on the boards, and actually cut into the Lady Cougars’ lead, but still trailed 45-24 at the half.
In the second half, LCCHS was able to get the ball inside to seniors Brittany Sexton and Shannon Bays and extended its lead to 71-38 heading into the final quarter.
Eldridge’s fifth trey of the game gave LCCHS a 76-38 lead with 6:40 left to play, and then the substitutes took over.
Bays wound up with another double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Freshman guard Vannah Breeding, returning from an ankle injury that kept her sidelined for nearly the past month, tossed in seven points and sophomore Nicole Banks added six points. Erica Meade and Julie Cornett finished with five points each and Haley Whitaker wound up with four points. Micca Boggs scored three points and Lauren Thomas added two points.
Kayla Stambaugh led JHS with 14 points and Sarah Corbett finished with nine points. Hillary Brashear, Katelyn Sexton, Mercedes Boggs and Emily Walker added four points each. Brittany Mullins and Sierra Kiser chipped in with three points each, and Misty Brown wound up with two points.
LCCHS hit on 36-of-69 field goal attempts — including sevenof eight from behind the arc — for 52 percent. JHS managed just 17- of-48 from the floor for 35 percent. The rebounding battle was close with LCCHS pulling down 47 and JHS 44.
LCCHS committed 21 turnovers — 14 in the first half — but came up with 23 steals while being credited with 21 assists.