Whitesburg KY

Slow start for LCC girls

Letcher County Central Coach Dickie Adams’s prediction that his team would struggle to score points early in the season proved correct in the Lady Cougars’ back to back season-opening losses at Jackson City and at Powell County last weekend.

“It’s hard to beat anyone when you score just 33 and 23 points,” said Coach Adams, referring to his team’s 47-33 loss at Jackson City and 37-23 at Powell County.

The Lady Cougars, defending 14th Region champions, visit highly regarded Harlan Friday night. The Lady Green Dragons, who finished 23-11 last season, return five of their top six players.

LCC’s home-opener is Saturday afternoon against Owsley County. The Lady Owls were 16-11 last season. That tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

The Lady Cougars visit Leslie County next Monday. The Lady Eagles lost All-Stater Katie Moore to graduation, but returns three starters from last season’s 24-5 squad.

Jackson City 47 Letcher Central 33

The visiting Letcher Central Lady Cougars led Jackson City 14- 11 after the first quarter, but then fell behind and trailed 26-20 at the half. Despite the earlier-than-expected return to action by injured junior guard Shelby Hall, the Lady Cougars scored just two points in the third quarter and trailed the Lady Tigers 31-22 heading into the final quarter in losing 47-33.

Jackson City returned three starters from last year’s 17-12 squad, Haley Turner, Kelsey Taulbee and Brittany Barnett. Turner led 1-0 Jackson City with a gamehigh 19 points. Taulbee chipped in with 16 and Barnett finished with 10.

Junior guard Paige Caudill led 0-1 LCC with nine points. Junior guard Alyssa Adams tossed in eight points. Senior Samantha Tubbs and Shelby Hall wound up with six points each. Junior Destiny Hall and freshman Emma Maggard scored two points each.

Powell County 37 Letcher Central 23

The visiting Letcher Lady Cougars struggled offensively all game against one of the 14th Region’s top teams in losing 37-23 Saturday afternoon at Powell County.

LCC trailed 12-6 after the first quarter, 23-9 at the half and 31-18 after three quarters.

The Lady Pirates, 14-11 last year, were led by senior guard Amber Branham’s game-high 14 points. Senior guard Shayla Lindon added nine.

Powell County converted 21/28 from the charity line while LCC managed 12/21.

LCC, now 0-2, was led in scoring by Alyssa Adams’s nine points. Paige Caudill scored six points and junior guard Cameron Kincer chipped in with four points. Destiny Hall scored two points. Shelby Hall and Grayson Collier finished with one point each.

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