The Perry County Central Lady Commodores survived a 47-point explosion by Leslie County senior guard Hillary Moore to down the Lady Eagles in the 14th Region championship game last Saturday night in Jenkins.
The 27- 3 Lady Commodores will take on the Sixth Region champion in the opening round of the Girls’ Sweet Sixteen tonight ( Wednesday) at 7: 30 in Bowling Green.
Letcher County Central juniors Erica Meade and Haley Whitaker and sophomores Julie Cornett and Vannah Breeding were named last week to the All-53rd District Team in recognition of their outstanding play during the regular season.
Vannah Breeding and Haley Whitaker were also named last week to the 14th Region All-Tournament Team. 21-9 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Julie Cornett’s post-up with 6:35 left in the first quarter finally got the Lady Cougars on the scoreboard at 9-2. Cornett would finish with nine points and a game-high 18 rebounds.
PCCHS’s Kayla Rankin, a 6’0” freshman forward, converted a three-point play to give the Lady ‘Dores their largest lead of the game, 26-9, with 7:15 left in the second quarter. Rankin finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
To LCCHS’s credit, it refused to fold. The Lady Cougars battled through six more second quarter turnovers and cut the Lady ‘Dores’ lead to 36-33 by the break.
In the first half, LCCHS shot just 30 percent with seven field goals in 23 attempts but stayed in the game by outrebounding PCCHS 25-14.
LCCHS rallied in the second half by limiting its turnovers (7), making 11- of-21 field goal attempts (52 percent) and battling the bigger Lady ‘Dores even (13/14 ) on the boards.
Junior guard Haley Whitaker contributed a team-high 15 points and six rebounds. Erica Meade finished with 10 points. Vannah Breeding wound up with six points and sophomore Keisha Collins added five points.
The Lady Cougars ended their season with a 19-10 record and lose only one starter, Lauren Thomas, who finished her career against PCCHS with nine points and eight rebounds.