Monday night’s scheduled showdown between the top two girls’ teams in the 14th Region was postponed and rescheduled for mid-February.
The Lady Cougars, winners of nine of their last 10, supplanted the Lady Commodores as the top team in the region in this week’s Herald-Leader poll.
The Lady Cougars begin a three- game home stand with tonight’s visit by Central High of Wise, Va., followed by Cordia on Jan. 31, and Owsley County on Feb. 3.
Letcher Central 56
Knott Central 35
The LCCHS Lady Cougars used a 10-0 run midway of the third quarter to pull away for the impressive 56-35 victory over visiting Knott County Central last Friday evening, Jan. 24.
LCCHS trailed 3-0 but used an 11-0 run to build a 13-7 lead after one quarter.
Knott County Central closed to within 17-12 on senior guard Hailey Short’s three-point play, but LCCHS answered with a 6-0 run and the Lady Cougars reclaimed control and led 24-16 at the half.
Short led 9-8 KCCHS with 10 points.
Freshman Hannah Hollifield’s pair of free throws brought the Lady Patriots to within 25-18 with 5:48 left in the third, but the Lady Cougars used a 10-0 run fueled by senior guard Kelli Quillen to take a 35-18 lead with 2:40 left in the third.
Junior Kim Meade’s doubledouble of 15 points and 11 rebounds led 14-6 LCCHS. Junior guard Cheyanne Stidham, who had just three first-half points, finished with 14.
The Lady Cougars outrebounded KCCHS 34-21 and forced 13 turnovers while making just five turnovers. LCCHS had 13 assists and made nine steals. The Lady Cougars converted 17/19 from the charity line while KCCHS managed 7/11.
LCCHS made 18/48 field goals attempts for 38 percent while KCCHS made 12/36 for 33 percent.