After a tough season-opening loss at home to Harlan County on Nov. 29, the Letcher County Central High School Lady Cougars packed their bags and went visiting — playing their next nine games on the road — before returning home last week to post district wins over June Buchanan and Jenkins to even their record at 6-6. The Lady Cougars were back on the road this past Monday night for an impressive 71-46 win at Pike County Central.
Coach Dickie Adams admitted he was glad to be back home.
“ Yeah, it’s been a long time since we played at home,” he said. “ I’ve been encouraged by the way we’ve worked. Our practices have been good and getting Erica (Meade) back (from an injured knee) and practicing is a real plus. It’s good to have her back and hopefully we can continue to improve.”
The Lady Cougars’ scheduled visit to regional foe Leslie County was snowed out this past Saturday.
The Lady Cougars host regional leader Perry County Central on Jan. 18. The Lady ‘Dores are ranked 17th in the Dave Cantrall Poll and are led by All-State junior guard Kendra Noble and freshman forward Kayla Rankin.
LCCHS visits Jenkins Friday night, Jan. 21, and Knott County Central Saturday night and welcomes Breathitt County on Monday night, Jan. 24.
Letcher Central 82
June Buchanan 30
Led by the offensive firepower of guards Kalah Eldridge and Haley Whitaker, the host Lady Cougars beat JBS on Jan. 4.
LCCHS led 16-0 at the 2:59 mark of the opening quarter before
Julie Henderson’s layup put JBS on the scoreboard.
Whitaker (9) and Eldridge (6) combined to score 15 of LCCHS’s first quarter points in leading the Lady Cougars to a 24-4 advantage. LCCHS led 40-12 at the break and 63-17 after three quarters.
Eldridge finished with a double double — 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Whitaker chipped in with 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
Julie Cornett added 10 points and senior Micca Boggs came off the bench to toss in eight points. Lauren Thomas scored seven points and Erica Meade wound up with six points. Kristen Phipps chipped in with five points while Keisha Collins and Vannah Breeding added three points each.
Kelli Pratt’s nine points led JBS. Megan Griffie and Hailey Champion added six points each and Henderson finished with three points.
Letcher Central 75
The host Lady Cougars placed five players in double figure scoring in downing Jenkins on Jan. 7.
Sophomore Kelah Eldridge’s trey at the 4: 41 mark pushed LCCHS’s lead to 11-6 and the game was briefly halted so Eldridge could be recognized for reaching the 1000-point scoring plateau. Eldridge finished with 12 points.
Kayla Stambaugh’s layup with 2:51 left in the first quarter cut LCCHS’s lead to 15-9, but the Lady Cavaliers would get no closer as Haley Whitaker and Julie Cornett combined for 19 first- quarter points in pushing LCCHS to a comfortable 26-11 lead entering the second quarter.
Jenkins kept working and refused to quit. Mercedes Boggs’s pair of free throws cut LCCHS’s lead to 32-16 with 4:34 left in the second quarter.
Whitaker (14), Cornett (11) and sophomore Vannah Breeding (9) combined to score 34 of LCCHS’s 38 first-half points as the Lady Cougars led 38-21 at the break.
Stambaugh led Jenkins with nine first-half points and finished with a team-high 13. Boggs finished with nine points. Bethany Mullins tossed in seven points and Sarah Corbett added four points and Whitney Creech added two points. Blake Caudill scored one.
Cornett led 6-6 LCCHS with a game-high 18 points. Whitaker finished with 12 points and Erica Meade with 11 points. Breeding wound up with 10 points. Lauren Thomas added six points and Rachel Baker scored four points. Keisha Collins added two points.