The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars overwhelmed visiting Betsy Layne 68-31 on Monday to raise their record to 2-1.
The Lady Cougars used a smothering three-quarter-court defensive press to force Betsy Layne into 19 first-half turnovers with 11 coming in the first quarter, resulting in easy baskets.
LCCHS, led by a game-high 17 points from senior Courtney Brock, was ahead 30-13 after the first quarter and 41-15 at the half.
Brock, who scored 15 points in the first half, also contributed four steals and five rebounds.
LCCHS made 29/54 field goal attempts for 54 percent, while holding Betsy Layne to 27 percent shooting on 12/44 attempts.
Kim Meade added 16 points, five rebounds, and four steals for the Lady Cougars.
Kristina Bentley finished with 12 points and five rebounds.
Shelby Hall scored seven points, while Cheyanne Stidham and Sara Baker finished with five points each.
Amber Crawford tossed in four points and Destiny Hall wound up with two points.
Letcher Central 78
Jackson City 56
The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars rebounded from a disappointing season-opening home loss to Johnson Central with an impressive 78-56 win over visiting Jackson City Dec. 5.
After an abysmal first quarter field goal shooting display, 7/21 shots from the floor, the Lady Cougars made 21 of their final 34 field goal attempts and finished with 28/55 — including 6/9 from behind the arc — for an impressive 51 percent.
Jackson City was limited to just 21/54 shooting for 39 percent.
With its early poor shooting, LCCHS led only 16-12 after the opening period, but with the shots beginning to fall, LCCHS pushed its margin out to 35-20 by the half and then blew the game apart in the third quarter, building a 56-29 lead heading into the final period.
LCCHS’s starters departed the game with three minutes left leading 72-40.
The Lady Cougars placed four players in double figures scoring, led by senior guard Cheyanne Stidham’s game-high tying 21 points. Senior forward Kristina Bentley added 18 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
LCCHS, now 1-1, out-rebounded Jackson City 42-26. The Lady Cougars’ 15 turnovers were more than offset by their nine steals and 17 assists — including six by guard Sara Baker. Baker chipped in with seven points.
Forward Kim Meade finished with 11 points and six rebounds and Courtney Brock wound up with 10 points — including 3/5 from behind the arc.
Amber Crawford scored four points and Shelby Hall added three. Cameron Kincer and Destiny Hall wound up with two points each.