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Fast start propels Lady Cougars to win over Harlan

Letcher Central built a 27-10 lead after one quarter on Friday against visiting Harlan and coasted to a 75-44 victory over the Lady Dragons.

Sophomore guard Kaylee Banks scored 12 of her 19 points in the opening quarter as Letcher took control early. Harlan cut the deficit to 40-26 by halftime as Natalee King scored seven of her team-high 22 points.

The Lady Cougars outscored Harlan 18-9 in the third quarter, led by seven points from Banks. Letcher won 17-9 in the fourth quarter as Brooklyn Collins had two baskets.

Collins scored 13 and Brooke Bates added 12 for the 10-5 Lady Cougars.

Emma Owens added nine points for the 7-5 Lady Dragons, who return to action Tuesday against Middlesboro in the first round of the 13th Region All “A” Classic at Pineville.

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Letcher Central 75, Harlan 44

HARLAN (7-5)

Ella Karst 2 0-0 5, Angel Wynn 0 0-0 0, Natalee King 9 4-5 22, Alli Thompson 0 1-2 1, Kaylee Leslie 0 0-0 0, Aymanni Wynn 1 2-3 4, Peighton Jones 1 1-2 3, Emma Owens 4 0-2 9, Campbell Nunez 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 8-14 44.

LETCHER CENTRAL ()

Brooklyn Collins 6 0-0 13, Kenzie Craft 3 0-1 7, Brooke Bates 5 1-2 12, Kaylee Banks 7 4-5 19, Loren Boggs 4 0-3 8, Courtney Hayes 4 1-2 9, Cammie Collins 0 3-4 3, Tori Holcomb 0 0-0 0, Jaylin Whitt 1 0-0 2, Farrah Combs 1 0-0 2, Abbey Howard 0 0-0 0, Abbey Howard 0 0-0 0, Bailey Kincer 0 0-0 0. Totals: 31 9-17 75.

Harlan 10 16 9 9 — 44

Letcher Central 27 13 18 17 — 75

3-point goals: Harlan 2 (Karst 1, Owens 1), Letcher Central 4 (Collins 1, Craft 1, Bates 1, Banks 1).