January 3, 2021 – BRADLEY CHARLES
On Monday night, the Knott County Central Lady Patriots host the Hazard Lady Bulldogs in the 14th Region All “A” Classic. Each program is expected to be one of the top teams in the 14th Region once again this season.
Knott Central was 20-13 (16-3 14th Region) last season. The Lady Patriots won their first 14th Region All “A” Classic last year with a 20-point victory over Leslie County in the championship game. Knott County Central’s season ended with a 45-40 loss to district-foe Letcher County Central in the 14th Region championship game.
As for this season’s team, the Lady Patriots have a number of talented players. Guards Keara Mullins and Presley Fletcher each made the 14th Region Coaches Association’s preseason top players list.
As for the Lady Bulldogs, they were 19-11 last season. Hazard won the 54th District championship and advanced to the semifinals of the 14th Region Tournament. While the Lady Bulldogs had five seniors on last year’s team, they do return senior guard Hayley Caudill who ranked first on the 14th Region Coaches Association’s preseason top players list.
These teams played each other just once last season. That game took place on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 and Knott County Central picked up a 76-59 home victory.
The winner of Monday night’s matchup will have a bye in the next round.