The Letcher Central Lady Cougars’ late season struggles against top flight competition, much of it on the road, continued last week with the Cougars dropping games at Harlan County and Shelby Valley.
The Lady Cougars’ final two regular season games are at 19-7 Pikeville tomorrow evening, Feb. 15, and against visiting 6-20 Jenkins Feb. 17.
The 11-14 Lady Cougars will host and serve as the second seed in next week’s 53rd District tournament. Opening round games are scheduled for 6 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, with the girls’ championship game scheduled for 7 p.m., Feb. 21.
The girls’ 14th Region tournament will be hosted by Estill County High School the week of Feb. 26, followed by the girls’ Sweet Sixteen state tournament beginning on March 14 at Northern Kentucky University.
Harlan County 91
Letcher Central 45
The host Harlan County Lady Black Bears, led by University of Kentucky signee senior guard Blair Green’s game-high 28 points, easily defeated Letcher Central 91-45 on Feb 5.
The 21-2 Lady Black Bears placed three others in double figure scoring, led by 17 Points from Katelyn Johnson. Breann Turner added 12 points and Reanna Middleton finished with 10 points.
Junior center Emma Maggard led 11-13 Letcher Central with 18 points and six rebounds. Brooklyn Collins and Camryn Parks scored eight points each. Jessica Boggs chipped in with six points and Loren Boggs scored three points. Brooke Bates, Samantha Crawford, Alyssa Franklin and Courtney Hayes finished with two points each. Beth Holbrook and Mackenzie Craft wound up scoring one point each.
The Lady Cougars made 17 of 47 field goal attempts for 36 percent while Harlan County made 36 of 56 for 64 percent. The Lady Cougars out-rebounded HCHS 27-26.