Letcher overcomes 12-point halftime deficit to edge Knott


Letcher Central’s Brooke Bates, pictured in action earlier this season, had 16 points and eight rebounds in the Lady Cougars in 55-53 win at Knott Central on Friday.




Opponents in the 53rd District and 14th Region finals each of the past two seasons, Letcher Central and Knott Central have grown accustomed to down-to-the-wire basketball. That was the case once again Friday as Letcher rallied in the fourth quarter for a 55-53 victory in Hindman.
Brooke Bates and Kaylee Banks each scored 16 and Keira Couch added 14 to lead the balanced Letcher offense.
Abby Maggard led the 3-2 Lady Patriots with 21 points. Presley Fletcher scored 14.
Knott got off to a strong start offensively behind Maggard, who hit five of six 3-pointers, in building a 20-14 lead after one quarter. The lead grew to 35-23 by halftime.
Letcher outscored Knott 20-10 in the third quarter to pull within two heading into the final period.
The Lady Cougars ran their win streak to four with a 55-48 win Saturday at home over Montgomery County.
Letcher will return to action Monday at Madison Southern.
Letcher Central rolled to a 74-19 win Wednesday over visiting Cordia in another district clash.
Brooke Bates scored 20 to lead the Lady Cougars, while Bailey Kincer and Farrah Combs added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Kaylee Banks contributed eight points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Morgan Johnson paced the Lady Lions with 11 points.
Letcher Central (74) — Brooke Bates 20, Bailey Kincer 13, Farrah Combs 10, Kaylee Banks 8, Tori Holcomb 7, Loren Boggs 6, Kaylee F. Banks 4, Heidi Bentley 4, Jaylin Whitt 2.
Cordia (19) — Morgan Johnson 11, Madison Williams 4, Deliya Stidham 4.