On Monday, the Perry County Central Commodores and the Letcher Central Cougars met in the semifinals of the 14th region tournament. The Commodores held a slight edge throughout the game, and had to hold off a late rally by the Cougars to advance 57-50.
The two teams battled back and forth in the first period, with neither gaining a clear cut advantage. The period ended with a 10-all tie.
Perry Central came out hot in the second quarter, and quickly established double-digit lead. The Commodores were able to keep the Cougars from a rally late in the half, and went into the locker room with the 28-19 advantage.
Despite the increased pace of the game, scoring dropped off from the second period. Letcher Central got the better of Perry Central in the scoring column, but could manage to get but one point closer (39-31).
The Commodores ran the lead back to double-digits in the fourth quarter, and stayed there until the final minutes. With time running out, the Cougars got hot from the floor, and put Perry Central on the line.
The Commodores were unable to hit their free throws, only connecting on two in the fourth quarter. However, their defense was more than up to the task in the final seconds, and it would be that defense that secured the 57-50 win, and a spot in the finals.
Perry Central (57) Chandler Caudill 7, Richard Cornett 3, Damon Tobler 13, Idris Akinyemi 4, Noah Back 2, Austin Hill 6 and Princewill Anosike 22.
Letcher Co. (50) Carter 18, Banks 2, Caudill 11, Raglin 13, Kincer 6.
Tony McGuire can be reached via email at [email protected]