BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Lady Cougars return veteran squad

The Letcher Central Lady Cougars were 20-10 during head coach Keith Baker’s second year leading the program.

Spring forward to the 2019-20 season and LCC could make some noise in the 14th Region thanks to eight top returners from one year ago.

“We need to make the extra pass, learn to team rebound and improve defensively,” Baker said. “If we do those things we’ll be fine.”

Top returnees include Brooklyn Collins, Makenzie Craft, Makaylee Banks and Brooke Bates, along with Loren Boggs, Kiera Couch, Courtney Hayes and Cammie Collins.

The Lady Cougars will open the season at home against Prestonsburg on Dec. 5.

Letcher Central schedule

Dec. 5              Prestonsburg                         Home

Dec. 7              Powell County                        Away

Dec. 9              Johnson Central                   Home

Dec. 13            Mountain Mission, Va.        Home

Dec.  14           vs. Betsy Layne                      Home

Pine Mountain Classic

Dec. 16            Leslie County                         Away

Dec. 19-21      Smoky Mountain Classic

TBA, TBA, TBA, Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Dec. 26-28      Berea Holiday Classic

Woodford County, TBA, TBA, at Berea

Jan. 2               Cordia                                     Away

Jan. 3               Harlan                                     Home

Jan. 8               June Buchanan                        Home

Jan. 10             Breathitt County                     Home

Jan. 13             East Ridge                              Home

Jan. 17             Knott Central                          Home

Jan. 18             Madison Southern                   Home

Jan. 20             Central, Va.                             Home

Jan. 23             Perry Central                           Home

Jan. 24             June Buchanan                        Away

Jan. 25             Martin County                        Away

Lady Hawk 1-day Showcase at Pike County Central

Jan. 30             Hazard                                    Away

Feb. 1              Knott Central                          Away

Feb. 3              Harlan County                        Away

Feb. 5              Cordia                                     Home

Feb. 8              Lee County                             Away

Feb. 10            Shelby Valley                         Away

Feb. 11            Pike Central                            Away

Feb. 13            Pikeville                                  Away