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Letcher County Central’s Josh Owens (20) went for a reverse layup during the Cougars’ win over Prestonsburg on Saturday. The Cougars will play at home Thursday and Friday. (Photo by Brandon Meyer)

Letcher County Central’s Josh Owens (20) went for a reverse layup during the Cougars’ win over Prestonsburg on Saturday. The Cougars will play at home Thursday and Friday. (Photo by Brandon Meyer)

The 10-6 LCCHS Cougars, who had won six of their last seven games going into last night’s visit to Knott County Central, return home for back-to-back games tomorrow night, Jan. 16, against Pikeville (5-9) and against June Buchanan School (2-10) on Friday night, Jan. 17.

The Cougars are home for two huge games next week against Cordia (11-6) on Jan. 21, and against Perry County Central (11- 4) on Jan. 23.

Letcher Central 79
Prestonsburg 67

With five players scoring in double figures, the host Cougars easily defeated Prestonsburg 79- 67 Jan. 11.

With the victory, the Cougars extended their winning streak to five straight and improved their overall mark to 10-6.

LCCHS shot a blistering 57 percent (29/51) for the game while Prestonsburg shot 44 percent (28/64). The Black Cats outrebounded LCCHS 40-30, but LCCHS made up the difference at the charity line by making 19/33 attempts.

Prestonsburg stayed close in the first quarter but then senior Josh Owens and Chippy Frazier took over. Owens finished with a game-high 27 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Frazier chipped in with 18 points.

LCCHS expanded its 25-18 margin after the first quarter to 50-28 by the half. The Cougars lead was 66-45 entering the final quarter.

Jordan Gregory scored 11 points for LCCHS while Torell Carter and Hunter Hall finished with 10 points each. Carter, a 6-1 freshman, pulled down a gamehigh eight rebounds and blocked five shots. Tyler Collins finished with three points and three rebounds.

Dalton Frasure led the 5-9 Black Cats with 19 points and seven rebounds. Jarredd Jarrell finished with 16.

Letcher Central 69
Jenkins 39

The Cougars used some fullcourt first quarter defensive pressure and then a “chaser” on the Cavs’ high-scoring junior guard in the second quarter to totally disrupt Jenkins’ play in winning easily Jan. 10.

LCCHS’s defensive pressure in the first quarter forced Jenkins into 12 turnovers that led to easy baskets and a 24-5 lead after the first quarter. “Chasing” Potter in the second quarter kept the ball out of his hands, and LCCHS pushed its advantage to 45-13 by the half.

Potter, who was averaging 14 points per game, was limited to four first-half points but finished with a team-high 16.

Senior Josh Owens led 9-6 LCCHS with a game-high 21 points while Chippy Frazier finished with 16 points. Torell Carter added eight points and Hunter Hall, Tyler Collins and Austin Collins chipped in with four points each.

Damen Holbrook scored three points and, Jordan Gregory, Tanner Lucas, Brady Caudill and Wallace scored two points each.

Jordan Bentley scored seven points for the 3-9 Cavaliers and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. Coty Wright, Austin Boggs, Austin Bentley and Justin Phipps added three points each. Jeffery Newsome and Tanner Goff finished with two points each.

Letcher Central 59
June Buchanan School 28

The visiting Cougars won their third straight, a 59-28 district win at JBS Jan. 8, behind the scoring of the senior duo of Josh Owens and Chippy Frazier.

Owens finished with a gamehigh 20 points — including 8/10 from the charity line for the 8-6 Cougars. Frazier finished with 13 points.

LCCHS jumped out to a commanding 27-9 advantage and increased the margin to 45-15 at the break and 57-18 entering the final quarter.

Freshman Torell Carter added 12 points and Tyler Collins six. Jordan Gregory scored four points while Austin Caudill and Hunter Hall finished with two points each.

Princewill Anosike’s eight points led the 2-10 Crusaders. Matthew Ison chipped in with seven points.


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