Three of the four area high school basketball teams were in heavy action in holiday invitational tournaments over the past two weeks with the Jenkins boys’ team the only exception.
Letcher County Central participated last week in the ‘Hoopin’ It Up Holiday Classic’ in London and will be playing in the Henry County Invitational this week.
The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers went south to Orlando, Fla., two weeks ago but had only one game scheduled this week — last night at East Ridge.
The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars participated in the Cumberland Falls Lady Redhound Invitational in Corbin two weeks ago and, after a detour to central Kentucky before Christmas, are at Montgomery County in Mt. Sterling this week for the Gateway Holiday Classic.
The Jenkins Cavaliers, under new coach Eric Ratliff , are 0-5, and will be seeking their first victory of the season in this week’s three-day Greenwave Classic that began this past Monday evening in Clintwood, Va.
The Cavs are led by returning starters — sophomores Ryan Bentley and Cody Sexton and senior Chris Ramey — and are joined by junior Gavin Gibbs and sophomore Tim Seals. After the first of the year, Jenkins visits Cordia on Jan. 3, and Red Bird on Jan. 7, before playing at Letcher County Central on Jan. 13.
Speaking of Letcher County Central, the Cougars saw their season-opening five-game winning streak snapped, 66- 61, by North Laurel in the second round of the four-game ‘Hoopin It Up Classic’ last week in London. The Cougars, led by returning starters senior Brian Roark and juniors Logan Johnson and Koree Stewart, extended their winning streak to five by beating Lee County 62-60 in the first round on Dec. 18. After losing to North Laurel, the Cougars lost 71-42 to Louisville Moore on Dec. 20, and then lost 60-55 to Meade County in the final round on Dec. 21.
The Cougars, now 5-3 under secondyear coach Robert Hammonds, began play last night in northcentral Kentucky in the four-game ‘Henry County Invitational’ against Williamstown. LCCHS will take on Henry County tonight and Frankfort tomorrow night before finishing up Thursday evening against an opponent yet to be determined.
LCCHS will be making its first appearance in eight years in the WYMT Classic when it takes on defending state champion Shelby Valley in the opening round on Jan. 4 at Perry County Central in Hazard.
The Cougars’ next home game will be against defending district champion Knott County Central on Jan. 11.
In the KSA Classic in Orlando on Dec 16, the Jenkins Lady Cavaliers nipped Glace Bay, Canada 57-56 in the opening round before dropping back-to-back games — 58-52 to Auburn, Va., and 59-49 to St. Mary’s, Canada.
The Lady Cavs, under second-year coach Ashley Addington, will host Phelps on Jan. 6 before visiting Letcher County Central on the following night, Jan. 7.
The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars won 78-19 at Cordia on Dec. 15, and then defeated Harlan 59-52 in the opening round of the Cumberland Falls Invitational in Corbin on Dec. 18 to even their record at 2-2.
Coach Dickie Adams’s Lady Cougars lost 58-55 to Corbin the next night and then edged Whitley County 51-50 on Dec. 20.
LCCHS then lost 68-45 in Georgetown to state powerhouse Scott County on Dec. 23.
The 3-5 Lady Cougars played Madison Central in last night’s opening round of the Gateway Holiday Classic at Montgomery County in Mt. Sterling.
The Lady Cougars return home on Jan. 4 to host June Buchanan and Jenkins on Jan. 7.