The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars posted easy victories over Cordia at home and at Estill County to improve their record to 19-4 and move up one notch to 24th in this week’s Dave Cantrall poll in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Regional rival Perry County Central improved its record to 21-2 and remains fifth in this week’s poll — behind top-ranked Louisville Manual ( 23- 2) and third-place Louisville Mercy (20- 4), the two teams that have defeated the Lady Commodores this season.
Marion County (23-4) remains second this week and Boone County (23-1) fourth.
Notre Dame (20-3) is sixth followed by Anderson County (18-5) — a 58-46 victor over LCCHS in the KSA Holiday Tournament in Florida on Dec. 20.
Paul Dunbar (20-5), Sacred Heart (14-10) and Ryle (20-4) round out the top 10.
Earlier this week, Jenkins High School, the host school for this month’s 53rd District Tournament, announced the girls’ pairings. The Lady Cougars, the top seed, will take on fourth-seed Cordia (1-20) on Monday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m.
The following evening, Feb. 21, second-seed Knott County Central (16-9) will play third-seed Jenkins (8-15) at 7:30 p.m.
The girls’ district championship game will be on Friday evening, Feb. 24, with the tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.
Letcher Central 67
Estill County 37
Led by junior forward Julie Cornett’s game-high 29 points and 17 rebounds, the visiting Lady Cougars expanded a 12-point advantage after the intermission into an easy win at Estill County Saturday afternoon, Feb 4.
LCCHS led 20- 10 after the opening quarter and 33-21 at the half but then outscored the Lady Engineers 16-5 in the third quarter to take a commanding 49-26 lead into the final period.
Cornett, who converted 10-of- 13 field goal attempts, was just nine-of-16 from the charity line.
Haley Whitaker, who finished with two points and three steals, contributed a game-high 10 assists. Kelah Eldridge chipped in with 18 points. Erica Meade, Kristina Bentley and Kim Meade scored four points each. Erica Meade also claimed seven rebounds. Keisha Collins finished with two points and eight rebounds while Cheyanne Stidham and Kelli Quillen wound up with two points each.
Letcher Central 103
The host Lady Cougars shut out the Lady Lions in the opening quarter en route to an easy victory Friday night, Feb. 3.
LCCHS led 25-0 after the first quarter, 56-4 at the half and 77-9 after three quarters.
Twelve of the 15 Lady Cougars who were in uniform scored, led by Kelah Eldridge’s game-high 17 points, four rebounds and five assists. Julie Cornett added 14 points and eight rebounds. Kelli Quillen chipped in with 13 points while Erica Meade and Kim Meade scored 10 points each. Emily Blair finished with nine points and Kristina Bentley with eight. Haley Whitaker and Kelly Adams added six points each. Keisha Collins and Cheyanne Stidham scored four points each and Sara Baker wound up with two points.