The Letcher Central Cougar boys’ team with a record of 1-4 was on the road this past week in the Twin Lakes Holiday Tournament which was held at Clinton County. The Cougars will go into Christmas break on a high note as they made it to the championship game in the tournament before falling to eventual champion McCreary Central 62-55.
The Cougars opened the tournament with an impressive win against Monticello 73-46. After leading 38-30 at the half, they went on a huge run in the third period and then again in the fourth as they outscored Monticello 35-16 in the second half.
The Cougars had a balanced attack as hot-shooting Devin Blair led the way with 22. Josh Profitt had 14, Charlie Banks had 13 and Jordon Reynolds had 12 to lead the way for the Cougars.
They advanced from there to play a good Daviess County team, which came in with a record of 7-2. The Cougars trailed 16-14 after one, but stormed back to lead 34-28 at the break. The score was tied after three quarters and the Cougars were able to squeak it out in the fourth as they pulled out the victory 59-56 to move to the championship game.
The Cougars got a big game from Charlie Banks as he led the way with 18 points followed by Devin Blair with 15 and Jordon Reynolds with 12. Josh Profitt came up with 8 points to pace the Cougars.
In the championship game the second quarter was the difference for the Cougars as they were held to 2 points in the quarter after leading 18-15 after one. McCreary Central, with a record of 7-1, led at the half 25-20. The Cougars trailed 47-37 after three and McCreary Central held off a Cougar rally to pull out the victory 62-55.
This was a good tournament for the Cougars. They are very young and this was a good challenge for them. They improve to 3-5 on the season and were led in scoring by Devin Blair with 19 points. Charlie Banks had 14 points and Josh Profitt was in double figures as well with 11.
The Lady Cougars were at home this past week in the Lady Cougar Classic. They played a very good Shelby Valley team to open up their play. Shelby Valley was too much for the young Lady Cougars as they pulled out the victory 61-46.
The Lady Cougars were led in scoring by Sharaye Kincer with 17 points followed by Brittany Sexton with 12. Begley ended up with 9.
In their other game, the Lady Cougars played the Lady Bulldogs of Hazard with their 6’2″ center. This game proved to be a coming out game for the Lady Cougars as they played their hearts out.
They trailed by as much as 10 points in the first half, but gradually clawed their way back into the game. They trailed 37-33 after three quarters. They kicked it up a notch in the fourth and pulled out to a five-point lead after a three pointer by Brittany Sexton and a steal to put the Lady Cougars up 42-37.
Shannon Bays took over at one point in the fourth as she put in 4 straight points and the Lady Cougars still led by three. The Lady Cougars led by one with time running out and Hazard with the ball, but Sharaye Kincer came up with a huge steal and took it down and scoreed and the Lady Cougars were up by three. Hazard had a shot at the bucket at the end but they could not convert and the Lady Cougars had pulled it out.
This should go a long way in keeping the Lady Cougars’ confidence up as they played against a good Hazard team. They were led by Sexton with 18 points followed by Kincer with 12 and Bays came through with 10 to lead the Lady Cougars. Wynn and Begley had 4 each and Thomas had 2. Hazard was paced by 6’2″ L. Engle with 13.
The Lady Cougars improve to 2-5 and Hazard falls to 3-4. Happy holidays and merry Christmas.