The Letcher Central Lady Cougars were scheduled to enter the final week of the regular season with Wednesday night’s visit to Perry County Central.
The 15-6 Lady Commodores are the top-ranked team in the 14th Region.
LCCHS is on the verge of yet another 20-win season and has a legitimate shot at successfully defending its regional crown despite losing four starters off last year’s 29-6 team.
The Lady Cougars, now 19- 7, wrap up their season with road games at 16-6 Shelby Valley Feb.14, and at 10-7 Allen Central Feb. 17.
The girls’ 53rd District Tournament will be at Knott County Central and the regional tournament will be at Leslie County.
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LCCHS scored the first 21 points to open the game and never looked back in picking up the easy win over visiting Belfry Feb. 10.
LCCHS used full-court pressure to force Belfry into six turnovers in the first quarter and came up with nine steals, which explained its tremendous shooting (12-of-15 field goal attempts in the first quarter).
LCCHS led 27-4 after the first quarter and 40-6 at the half.
Kelli Quillen, who had four of the first-quarter steals, made a pair of free throws with 5:25 left in the third quarter, giving LCCHS a 42-6 lead and forcing a continuously running clock the rest of the game.
Cheyanne Stidham’s gamehigh 14 points led 19-7 LCCHS. Courtney Brock added 10 points and Kelli Quillen and Kim Meade finished with eight points each.
Kristina Bentley and Kelly Adams scored six points each. Cameron Kincer, Sarah Baker, Amber Crawford and Alexis Cornett added three points each. Shelby Hall and Destiny Hall wound up with two points each.
Paige Goff ’s five points led 11-13 Belfry.
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The Lady Cougars rolled to an easy 69-40 win Feb. 8 at Betsy Layne.
Cheyanne Stidham and Kim Meade combined to score 27 of LCCHS’s 34 firsthalf points.
Stidham finished with a game-high 23 points and Meade wound up with 20.
LCCHS led 15- 8 after the first quarter and 34-17 at the half and then pushed its margin out to 59-31 after three quarters.
Kelli Quillen added 11 points for the 18-7 Lady Cougars. Kristina Bentley chipped in with six points and Destiny Hall added four points. Courtney Brock finished with three points and Alexis Cornett with two.
Brandy Morrow and Emily Kidd scored eight points each to lead 8-14 Betsy Layne.
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The visiting Lady Cougars placed three players in double figures and appeared on their way to an easy win at Hazard Feb. 6, before hitting a scoring drought that allowed the Lady Bulldogs to rally and to close within 41-31 heading into the final quarter.
LCCHS led 18-9 after the first quarter and 32-20 at the half. The Lady Cougars built their lead to 40-24 late in the third quarter, but then stopped playing, according to coach Dickie Adams. “We just quit playing and that allowed them (the Lady Bulldogs) to outscore us 16-1 and make the game close at the end. I don’t know any other way to explain it; we just quit playing.”
Down the stretch, the Lady Cougars’ Kristin Bentley scored five of her seven points and LCCHS was able to close out the victory.
Kim Meade led the 17-7 Lady Cougars with 14 points. Cheyanne Stidham added 13 and Kelli Quillen 11. Courtney Brock finished with seven points and Kelly Adams wound up with two points.
Tori Wells’s game-high 15 points led the 4-16 Lady Bulldogs. Suzie Chaney added 11 points and Colbi Johnson 10.
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Thirteen of the 14 players that dressed in Senior Night Feb. 5 at LCCHS scored in the Lady Cougars’ easy 84- 36 victory over the visiting Lady Lions.
The only player to not score was junior forward Kristina Bentley, who saw only first-quarter action.
Kelli Quillen, the team’s lone senior, scored eight points in her final regular season home game.
With junior Cheyanne Stidham scoring nine of her team high 19 points in the first quarter, the Lady Cougars led 19-4 by the end of the first quarter.
LCCHS led 45-22 at the half and 68-31 after three quarters.
Asha Gonzales led the Lady Lions with a gamehigh 21 points — including five treys.
Junior forward Kim Meade scored 12 points for the 16-7 Lady Cougars. Kelly Adams and Sarah Baker chipped in with eight points each and Courtney Brock finished with seven. Destiny Hall wound up with six points. Amber Crawford and Samantha Tubbs scored four points each. Alyssa Adams, Cameron Kincer, Shelby Hall and Alexis Cornett each scored two points.