• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS girls’ basketball falls to Madison Central

The Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team hosted Madison Central in The Hive on Thursday, Jan. 28, and while they played close early in the game, the Lady Indians pulled away to get the win 58-44. With that loss, along with a 55-53 loss at Owen County on Monday, Feb. 1, Woodford is now 5-16 overall, 2-6 in the region and 1-4 in the district. “I thought we played pretty well,” said Woodford head coach jay Lucas. “We were playing the No. 5 team in the region. They are pretty good.” On Saturday, Jan. 30, a key district game against Frankfort was postponed and has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. at Frankfort. In the game against Madison Central, Woodford took an early 5-0 lead on a three-pointer by eighth-grader Abby Moffett and a put back by eighth-grader Delaney Enlow. Following a three-pointer by Madison Central, sophomore Peyton Rose hit two free throws and senior Caitlin Ferguson drove down the lane for a layup to give the Lady Jackets a 9-3 lead, which forced Madison Central to call a 30-second time out to regroup. Coming out of the time out, the Lady Indians hit a two pointer to make it 9-5, which was followed by a free throw by Enlow to put the Lady Jackets ahead 10-5. Madison Central then took control of the game and scored 11 unanswered points to close out the first quarter with a 16-10 lead. In the second quarter, the Lady Indians maintained control of the lead, and despite a number of good baskets by Enlow in the quarter, and two points by senior Erica Hysell, Madison Central went into half time with a 28-19 lead. There was a lot more scoring in the third quarter, as both teams were running up and down the court making some good plays. Madison Central opened with three baskets, which was followed by a basket by Enlow on an inbounds pass and a short jumper shot by Ferguson to make it 34-23. The Lady Indians continued to pour in the points, while the Lady Jackets countered with two baskets by eighth-grader Kasey Abel, two free throws by Ferguson and two by Enlow, and a two pointer by Rose. When the buzzer sounded to end the quarter, Madison Central was still ahead 46-33. The fourth quarter began with lots of scoring by the Lady Jackets, starting with a three-pointer by Ferguson, a three-point play by Rose and two points by Enlow, while Madison Central only made a free throw. The result, Woodford closed to within eight points, 49-41. But, that would be as close as the Lady Jackets got, as the Lady Indians scored nine straight points to take a 58-41 lead. As time was running down, Moffett broke Madison Central’s scoring run with a three-pointer to make it 58-44. After that, the Lady Indians stalled the rest of the way and got the 58-44 win. Enlow led Woodford in the game with another double-double on the season, which makes it harder and harder to keep listing her as an eighth grader, because at this point in the season, she is becoming a seasoned veteran on the varsity. “Delaney had a monster game with 16 points and 15 rebounds,” said Lucas. “She is getting better and better as we get closer to post-season.” Ferguson also had a strong game, even though she is still under the weather after being sick last week. She finished with nine points and four rebounds. “Caitlin was still recovering from being sick,” said Lucas. “She did not feel good but toughed it out to play.” Other players Lucas made note of for their play in the game were Rose, Moffett and Abel. “Peyton had a really good game at the point,” said Lucas. “Abby Moffett and Kasey Abel both played well on offense and defense.” Rose finished with seven points and four rebounds, while Moffett had six points and seven rebounds and Abel had six points and two rebounds. In the game against Owen County, Woodford lost a heartbreaker, 55-53, on a shot at the buzzer that appeared to be late, but was declared good by the referees. Ferguson led the team with 17 points, while Rose had 16, Enlow and Moffett had six each, Hysell had five and senior Sydney Fugate had there.

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