Cougars bounce back with win over Leslie County


Ernie Sexton

Isaiah Adams, pictured in action earlier this season, scored 10 points in Letcher Central’s win Thursday over Leslie County.

Two nights after falling four points short in an upset bid at Knott Central, Letcher Central cooled off one of the 14th Region’s hottest teams with a 65-51 victory over visiting Leslie County on Thursday.
“It was another solid effort on both ends for our guys. I’m happy we were able to hit our spots for a balanced attack on the offensive end. Also, I’m more satisfied with our ability to execute versus the press down the stretch,” Letcher Central coach Winston Lee said. “We still have to work harder on the glass and there are still some areas to work on defensively. We have a big test coming up next week. It should be a good a gauge.”
Bodie Bentley, a junior guard, led the 6-3 Cougars with 18 points. Joby Johnson scored 16. Isaiah Adams added 10.
Senior center Jason Baker scored 13 to lead the 4-4 Eagles. Trenton Day and Kobe Bowling, both senior guards, added 12 points each.
Letcher Central will play host to Magoffin County on Saturday. Leslie Count is at home against Hazard on Saturday.
Letcher rolled to a 64-25 win in junior varsity action.
Brady Boggs score 15 and Peyton Wright added 13 for the 5-1 Cougars. Gavin Gibson tossed in seven, followed by Colin Bates with six, Peyton Dixon and Cooper Bailey with five each, Daelyn Shepherd with four, Max Roark with three and Jason McCool, Jacob Isaac and Peyton Combs with two each.
Davidson led Leslie with eight points. Hacker scored six.
Letcher Central (65) — Nigel Nichols 8, Wyatt Ison 0, Bodie Bentley 18, Isaiah Adams 10, Joby Johnson 16, Kaden Adams 9, Luke Goins 4.
Leslie County (51) — Treyton Abner 6, Trenton Day 12, Kobe Bowling 12, Jason Baker 13, John Buckle 0, Wyatt Hensley 6, Ethan Wolfe 2.

Leslie County 13 8 15 15 — 51
Letcher Central 9 20 9 27 — 65
3-point goals: Leslie County 1 (Bowling 1), Letcher Central 2 (Bentley 1, Johnson 1). Rebounds: Letcher Central 41 (Adams 12), Leslie County 32 (Abner 8). Turnovers: Letcher Central 10, Leslie County 9. Fouled out: Leslie County (Hensley).