Lady Cougars advance to Rupp with 45-40 win
WHITESBURG – March 7, 2020
Letcher Central fought back after a slow start to make a home for the 2020 Regional Championship Trophy at LCC. Coach Keith Baker and the Lady Cougars wrestled the trophy away from the three-time defending champions Lady Patriots.
The Lady Patriots opened strong running out to a 13-5 lead at the end of the 1st Quarter by pressing and getting baskets in transition. Knott continued their run in the 2nd quarter eventually opening the largest lead of the game at 21-10. Letcher then began to connect and ended the half on a 7-0 run to set the half time score at 21-17.
Baker slowed the pace in the 2nd half by limiting transition baskets by Knott. The Lady Cougars out scored the Lady Patriots 14-12 in the third to send the game to the 4th with Knott still in the lead 33-31.
The decisive quarter went to the Lady Cougars as they held their composure down the stretch for the five point win, and the Regional Championship.
LETCHER CENTRAL 5-12-14-14 = 45
Kaylee Banks – 18; Brooklynn Collins – 9; Loren Boggs – 9; Keira Couch – 7; Brooke Bates – 2.
KNOTT CENTRAL 13-8-12-7 = 40
Keara Mullins – 16; Presley Fletcher – 10; Kylie Gayheard – 6; Natalie Slone – 4; Brooke Mason – 2; Abby Maggard – 2.
KAYLEE BANKS was named 14th Region Outstanding Player!!!
The Lady Cougars will play the 2nd game of the 2020 Mingua Brothers Girls Sweet Sixteen, as they will face the winners of the 9th Region at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, March 11th. The Final of the 9th Region is tomorrow at 2:00 PM as the heavy favorite, and defending State Champion, Ryle takes on Notre Dame.
Congratulations to Coach Baker and the Lady Cougars!!!
Thanks to Manis Blair for the Game Stats!!!