• Sports Editor, Rick Capone

WCHS boys’ basketball cruises to win over Sayre

Chandler Stewart goes for a layup during the Woodford County High School boys’ basketball game against Sayre at home in The Hive on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Stewart finished the game with 11 points to help the Yellow Jackets win 65-47 and bring their record to 9-9 heading into an important district game at Franklin County on Friday. (Photo by Rick Capone)

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, at home in the confines of The Hive, the Woodford County High School boys’ basketball team used a smothering defense and a run-and-jump offensive attack to score a 65-47 win over Sayre. “We decided to run and jump a little bit,” said Woodford head coach Scott Hundley. “I thought we had an advantage at the guard spot, and I thought they had some young guys that we tried to take advantage of. You know, they tossed it to us some, and then also they forced us to have some quick shots. We did a good job of really pressuring with a purpose. Woodford came into the game off two tough losses last week – a 59-42 loss to Harrison County on Friday, Jan. 8, and a 69-41 road loss to Madison Central on Saturday, Jan. 9. Because of those losses, Hundley tweaked his lineup going into the game against Sayre. “We switched our starting lineup around a little bit, and (junior) Griffin Mobley came in tonight and did a great job for us, and attacked a with a lot of confidence,” said Hundley. “I think we found something in Griffin, and, hopefully, it will carry over to Friday, Jan. 15, against (district rival) Franklin County.” With those three games complete, Woodford is now 9-9 overall, 4-4 in the region and 3-0 in the district going into Friday’s game against the Flyers. In the game against Sayre, Woodford was led by senior Keagan Stromberg, who had 14 points and five rebounds, while sophomore Chandler Stewart had 11 points, Mobley had nine points and five rebounds, senior Tucker Sly had nine points and six rebounds, and senior Wesley Smith had six rebounds. Against Harrison County, while it was a tough loss, three players scored in double figures, as Sly, Stewart and Stromberg had 12 points each. On the boards, Stromberg had nine rebounds, Stewart had four and Sly had two. “They (Harrison County) were a veteran team,” said Hundley. “They did a good job of really moving the ball around against us. They hit a lot of shots, and, that’s the thing, is they came out and hit some contested shots and really jumped on us early, and never looked back from there. We had a tough time with matching up with them because they had five guards and we were trying to match up with one of our post players to one of their guards and shooters. So, it was a bad match-up for us. But, you know, there’s no excuse. We’ve got to come out and play against whoever is across from us. They have to match-up against us, too.” In the loss to Madison Central, Stromberg led the team with 10 points and eight rebounds, while Sly had nine points and five rebounds, Stewart had six points and junior Alex Cason had five points. “Going on the road to Madison Central is always a tough task for any team, especially when they just came off a win against Dunbar – at Dunbar,” said Hundley. “So, they’re a really good team. I think at the end of the season we’ll look back and say, ‘Man, they can really compete for the 11th Region.’ “But, you know, I though we laid down a little bit in that game. I thought our energy, our effort wasn’t all there.” Next up, Woodford goes on the road to Frankfort for a district game against Franklin County on Friday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m.

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