Letcher County Central, led by sophomore guard Torell Carter’s game-high 35 points, pulled away from visiting Pike County Central on Saturday night for an impressive 64-50 victory that raised the team’s record to 2-1.
Carter, who was 11/15 from the floor and 13/15 from the charity line, is averaging 31 points per game after three games. This young sophomore can and does play — on both ends of the court. In addition to his offense, Carter pulled down nine rebounds and came up with seven steals and dished off four assists — all three game highs.
The teams battled on even terms in the first half with the score tied at 11-11 after the first quarter and 28-28 at the break. With Carter taking charge and with an assist from Austin Banks from off the bench, LCCHS pushed out in from building a 44-35 lead after three quarters and then pulling away down the stretch.
Banks finished with nine points — on 3/6 from behind the arc. He chipped in with two steals to offset his three turnovers. As a team, LCCHS was guilty of 19 turnovers. Pike Central committed 18 turnovers.
LCCHS shot a blistering 57 percent making 20/35 field goal attempts. Pike Central shot 43 percent making 20/ 47 field goal attempts. LCCHS was outrebounded 25-22.
Hunter Hall scored eight points for LCCHS and Jordan Gregory finished with six. Tyler Collins tossed in four points and pulled down four rebounds. Isiah Wallace finished with two points.
Teddy Smith’s 16 points led 0-2 Pike Central.
Letcher Central 56
Jackson City 48
Despite a game- high 20 turnovers, the Letcher County Central Cougars downed visiting Jackson City 56-48 Dec. 5 to even their record at 1-1.
With only one starter over 6’ 2”, the size-challenged Cougars for the second straight game were led by budding young sophomore star Torell Carter’s game-highs of 30 points and 13 rebounds.
The Cougars struggled to play consistently on both ends of the floor for much of the first three quarters before Carter took over down the stretch and scored 11 of his team’s final 16 points.
LCCHS led 11-5 after the first quarter and 33-29 after three quarters. The Cougars appeared ready to put the Tigers away after Carter’s three-point play extended the Cougars’ lead to 43-31 with 3:14 left to play. However, another rash of sloppy offensive play allowed the Tiger to recover and close to within 51- 44 on John Turner’s trey with 1:08 left to play.
After making eight straight fourth-quarter free throws, the Cougars then missed four straight before Carter’s offensive stick back with 35 seconds left gave LCCHS a 53-45 lead. Carter’s second offensive stick back with just eight seconds left put the game away.
Sherman Collins led the 1-2 Tigers with 15 points and seven rebounds and John Turner finished with 11 points.
Tyler Collins chipped in with 12 rebounds and seven points for LCCHS. Senior Hunter Hall finished with eight rebounds and six points. Austin Banks came off the bench to score five points and dish out two of his team’s just six assists. Isiah Wallace and Jordan Gregory scored four points each.
For the game, LCCHS converted 21/49 field goal attempts for 43 percent — including 1/9 from behind the arc. The Cougars outrebounded Jackson City 43-30. The Tigers, despite a game-high 13 steals, shot just 32 percent by making 17/ 54 — including 6/ 24 from behind the arc.
Harlan County 69
Letcher Central 52
The visiting Letcher County Central Cougars fell 69-52 in their season opener at Harlan County Dec. 2.
Cold-shooting LCCHS trailed 14-5 after the first quarter, 32-11 at the break and 50-34 after three quarters.
Sophomore Torell Carter, who was held to just three first-half points, got his game going in the second half — scoring 15 thirdquarter points and seven in the last eight minutes to finish with a game-high 27.
Hunter Hall added nine points and Jordan Gregory eight. Tyler Collins chipped in with four points while Zane Blair and Isiah Wallace wound up with two points each.
Cody Bumgardner’s 19 points led Harlan County. Treyce Spurlock finished with 14.