Lady Jackets struggle through mid-season games
The Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team had two road games last week and lost both of them. In the first game, they travelled to Lexington on Wednesday, Jan. 6, to face Tates Creek and lost 54-40. Then on Friday, Jan. 8, they were on the road again, this time travelling down to Danville to face the Lady Admirals, and lost 59-32. “Tough week for us last week with two varsity losses on the road,” said Woodford head coach Jay Lucas. “But we will continue to try and improve as our players gain experience.” With those games complete, as well as a road loss on Monday, Jan. 11, to Garrard County, 51-47, the Lady Jackets are now 5-10 overall, 2-3 in the region and 1-2 in the 41st District. In the first quarter against Danville, Woodford got on the scoreboard first on a jump shot by senior Caitlin Ferguson. Danville caught up and then took a 4-2 lead, but sophomore Peyton Rose hit a running jump shot in the lane to tie it 4-4. That was followed by Ferguson passing the ball to eighth-grader Delaney Enlow under the basket for an easy layup to give the Lady Jackets a 6-4 lead. A two-pointer by Danville was followed by two free throws by Rose, and at 3:52 Woodford led 8-6. It was, unfortunately, the team’s last lead of the game, as the Lady Admirals scored 10 points in a row to take a 16-8 lead with just over a minute to go in the quarter. Rose hit a jump shot, but missed the free throw to complete a three-point play to make it 16-10, but then Danville hit a three-point buzzer beater to end the quarter with a 19-10 lead. In the second quarter, Danville took control of the game, scoring nine unanswered points to take a 28-10 lead. Then, up 31-13, the Lady Admirals hit another buzzer beater, this one a two-pointer, to end the half with a 33-13 lead. Woodford’s problems continued in the third quarter as missed shots, missed free throws and a relentless Danville attack frustrated the Lady Jackets, as the Lady Admirals opened up a 32-point lead, 45-13. Ferguson then went on a short scoring streak with three 3-pointers and two shots under the basket off good passing. As a result, at the end of the third quarter, Danville led 45-26. In the fourth quarter, Danville came out strong and scored four points to make it 49-26. Enlow then hit a short shot to make it 49-28, but Danville went on another scoring streak, this one for eight points to take a 57-28 lead. At this point, Lucas had his substitutes in and freshman Allison Birch made a put back to make it a 57-30 game. That was followed by a free throw by eighth-grader Abby Moffett, a basket by Danville, and then a free throw by eighth-grader Kasey Abel with 2.3 seconds to go in the game. Following Abel’s free throw and Danville’s inbound pass, the buzzer sounded and Lady Admirals had the win, 59-32. Ferguson led Woodford in the game with 15 points and three rebounds, while Rose had nine points and Enlow had four points and four rebounds. In Woodford’s game against Garrard County on Monday, three players scored in double figures. Ferguson led the team with 15 points, Enlow had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Rose had 11 points. Also, Moffett had eight points. Against Tates Creek on Wednesday, Jan. 6, Enlow led the team with a double-double, as she scored 15 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, while Ferguson was close behind with 13 points and nine rebounds. Next up, Woodford faces Franklin County in a district match-up in Frankfort on Friday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m.