The Letcher County Central Cougars will finish their regular season against some top-flight competition. LCC travels to highly regarded Breathitt County February 7, then hosts Hazard on Friday. Both teams are ranked in the top five in the 14th Region.
The Cougars’ games last weekend against Cordia at home and Bourbon County in Jackson were postponed. The Cordia game is a key district game and will be rescheduled.
Knott Central 69
Letcher Central 56
The region’s top-rated team, the Knott Central Patriots, lived up to their ranking with a solid front-to-end victory over host LCC on January 29.
The 21-4 Patriots, led by sophomore All-State guard Cameron Justice’s game-high 25 points, used an 8-0 run to jump out to a 14-2 lead with 5:55 left in the first quarter over a mistake-prone LCCHS. The Cougars began to battle back, trailing 24-12 after the first quarter.
Sophomore Zane Blair’s lay-up with 6:05 left in the second quarter cut the Patriots’ lead to 26-20, but the Cougars would get no closer as KCCHS ran off 10 unanswered points and led LCCHS 44-29 at the half.
The mark of this edition of Cougars is that they don’t quit. By taking advantage of three consecutive KCC turnovers, LCC battled back to trail 44-35 on Josh Owens’s lay-up with 6:09 left in the third quarter. Cody Gregory’s short jumper with 4:22 left in the third kept LCCHS within striking distance at 46-37.
With Evan Hall dominating in the paint on both ends, the Patriots responded and the Cougars could get no closer, trailing 55-43 heading into the final quarter.
Evan Hall finished with 18 points, five assists, five steals and eight rebounds for KCC. Simon Christian battled foul trouble but wound up with a game-high 10 rebounds, six points, three assists and three steals.
Josh Owens left 14-8 LCC with 18 points and seven rebounds. Cody Gregory wound up with 13 points and six assists. Sam Robinson finished with seven points and a teamhigh nine rebounds. Zane Blair scored six points, and Chippy Frazier finished with five points. Austin Bolling chipped in with three points, and Dylan Kincer and Aaron Tackett finished with two points each.