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Letcher Defeats Leslie on Buzzer-Beater

Kiera Couch - photo by Ernie Sexton - East Ky Photography

WHITESBURG – February 25, 2021 – BRENDON D. MILLER

Letcher Central and Leslie County met on Wednesday Night in a battle of two of the 14th’s top teams. The two battled to a 60-60 tie with a few seconds on the clock with Leslie inbounding. Senior Brooke Bates stole the inbounds pass and passed to Kaylee Banks who put in the game winner at the buzzer for the Lady Cougar victory.

Kiera Couch was 8 of 14 from the field to lead the Lady Cougars and was the game’s top scorer with 18. Couch was selected as the Player of the Game by East Kentucky Photogrpahy.

Loren Boggs (14), Tori Holcomb (11) and Kaylee Banks (11) each scored in double-figures. Jaylin Whitt had eight rebounds to lead the Lady Cougars.

Emma Napier was tops on the board for the Lady Eagles with nine and Emily Bowling (15), Emily Napier (14), and Courtney Hoskins (12) each scored in double-figures.

Letcher was 23 of 56 on the night for 41.1% from the field, and six of 16 from beyond the arc (37.5%). Leslie actually had two more field goals as at 25 of 62 (40.3%), and six of 14 on 3-pointers (42.9%). The differnce came at the line where Letcher was 10 of 18, while Leslie was four of 12. Leslie won the battle of the boards 44-37.

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All stats provided by MANIS BLAIR

LETCHER CENTRAL – Kiera Couch 18, Loren Boggs 18, Tori Holcomb 11, Kaylee Banks 11, Brooke Bates 5, Jaylin Whitt 3.

LESLIE COUNTY – Emily Bowling 15, Emily Napier 14, Courtney Hoskins 12, Iris Napier 8, Emma Napier 6, Baylee Davidson 5.

Letcher improves to 9-8 on the season and will travel to Johnson Central on Thursday.

Leslie falls to 13-4 and hosts Jenkins on Friday Night.

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