The Letcher Central Cougars will take a surprising 13-7 mark into a tough three-game part of their schedule over the next week. The Cougars will host ranked Perry County Central and Knott County Central around a visit to 8-8 Estill County on Saturday, Jan. 25.
The 23rd-ranked Commodores (12-4) visit Ermine Jan. 23, followed by the 12th-ranked Patriots on Jan. 28.
Letcher Central 63
June Buchanan School 37
The host Cougars built a decisive first-half lead and then coasted to the easy 63-37 win over the Crusaders Jan. 17 in the nightcap of a girl/boy doubleheader.
Led again by the senior duo of Chippy Frazier and Josh Owens, the Cougars managed a 19-14 lead after the first quarter and then used a big second quarter to take control of the game. LCCHS led 34-16 at the half and 43-25 entering the final quarter.
Frazier and Owens tied for game-high scoring honors with 20 points each. Jordan Gregory chipped in with seven points and Torell Carter added six points for the 12-7 Cougars. Hunter Hall finished with four points, while Triston Polly, Kyler Lucas and Austin Caudill added two points each.
Ian Hall led the 2-11 Crusaders with 16 points. Matt Kidd finished with eight points.
Letcher Central 71
Two nights after having their five-game winning streak snapped at Knott County Central, the Cougars, who had lost in the Pikeville Invitational to the Panthers, returned home to beat the Panthers 71-60 Jan. 16.
Pikeville, which had defeated LCCHS 65-58 back on Dec. 27, has been playing better lately — winning six of the last eight.
LCCHS, led by the senior duo of Chippy Frazier and Josh Owens, jumped out to a 22-16 lead by the end of the first quarter before sophomore guard Blaine May led the Panthers’ rally to tie the game at 30-30 at the half.
LCCHS pushed the offense in the third quarter and built a 49-43 lead heading into the final quarter and then pulled away down the stretch for the win.
May led the 6-9 Panthers with 23 points. Gaige Ray added 12.
Frazier led the 11-7 Cougars with a game-high 28 points. Owens chipped in with 25. Torell Carter and Hunter Hall added five points each. Jordan Gregory and Tyler Collins finished with four.
Knott Central 75
Letcher Central 45
The host Patriots used a relentless defensive pressure to finally wear down the Cougars Jan. 14 in winning 75-45
The Patriots led 57-31 heading into the final period.
All-State junior Cameron Justice’s game-high 29 points led the 10-3 Patriots. Juniors Evan Hall and Simon Christon added 14 points each.
Senior Josh Owens led the 10-7 Cougars with 26 points. Tyler Collins added six points and Jordan Gregory five. Torell Carter, battling an illness, chipped in with 4 points. Hunter Hall and Chippy Frazier wound up with two points each.