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Letcher Central loses two games ending in overtime

The Letcher Central Cougars, who have suffered through a pair of tough overtime losses in the past week, are at home this weekend. The Cougars will host Jenkins Friday evening, January 26, and Eastside High (Va.) on January 27, before traveling to Harlan January 30.

Not counting any rescheduled games, the Cougars have nine games remaining on their schedule before the start of district tournament action the week of February 19.

Estill County 61

Letcher Central 59 (overtime)

The Letcher Central Cougars lost their second game in overtime in the past week, falling 61-59 at Estill County on January 20.

Greg Kincer’s 19 points led the Cougars. Elijah Raglin scored 18 points before fouling out. Junior center Tyler Boggs posted a double/double of 11 points and claimed a game-high 18 rebounds.

Caleb Stidham added nine points and Trevor Hardin finished with two points.

The 10-6 Engineers were led in scoring by Caleb Bonny’s 21 points. Lane Doty scored 14.

The Engineers were out-rebounded 34-25 by the Cougars but made up the difference by making 21 of 44 field goal attempts for 48 percent. The Cougars converted 20 of 56 field goal attempts for 36 percent.

Leslie County 70

Letcher Central 69 (overtime)

The visiting Letcher Central Cougars battled the Leslie County Eagles down to the wire before losing 70-69 in overtime January 18, in Hyden.

Senior forward Elijah Raglin’s basket tied the game 60-60 with both teams missing opportunities to score in the final minute of regulation.

Junior forward Greg Kincer’s trey put the Cougars on top 63-30 early in overtime, but the Cougars then made a couple of turnovers which allowed the Eagles’ Colin Smith’s trey to tie the game 65-65.

Tyler Boggs’s free throw tied the game at 66-66, but Leslie County converted four straight free throws down the stretch to offset the Cougars’ Tyler Stacy’s trey at the end.

The teams ended the opening quarter tied at 18-18. Trevor Hardin’s field goal and free throw tied the game 26-26 late in the second quarter before Leslie County pushed out to a 35-28 lead at the half.

The Eagles extended their lead to 40-30 midway of the third quarter before the Cougars rallied to close within 42-40 on Tyler Stacy’s field goal. The Cougars tied the game at 42-42 on Greg Kincer’s field goal. The Cougars trailed 48-46 entering the final quarter.

Leslie County extended its lead to 56-48 by midway of the final quarter, but a 7-0 run by the Cougars cut Leslie County’s lead to 56- 55. Greg Kincer’s three-point play tied the game at 58-58 and Elijah Raglin’s basket tied the game at 60-60 to force the overtime.

Leslie County, now 10- 6, placed five players in double figure scoring led by Tyler Dixon’s 14 points. Nick Hoskins added 13 and Colin Smith finished with 11.

Both teams shot the basketball extremely well. LCCHS made 29 of 49 field goal attempts for 66 percent while Leslie County made 23 of 47 attempts for 49 percent. Letcher Central out-rebounded the Eagles 28-22. Leslie County converted 16 of 20 chances at the free throw line while LCCHS was limited to 5 of 10.

Greg Kincer’s game-high 24 points and seven rebounds led the 4-13 Cougars. Tyler Stacy finished with 18 points and Elijah Raglin wound up with 14. Tyler Boggs and Caleb Stidham scored four points each and Boggs claimed five rebounds. Trevor Hardin chipped in with three points and Dalton Martin scored two points.

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