• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Ferguson’s 37 points not enough against Frankfort

In the “best game of her life,” according to head coach Jay Lucas, senior Caitlin Ferguson poured in 37 points to set a new school scoring record in the Woodford County High School girls’ basketball game at Frankfort on Tuesday, Feb. 9. However, despite Ferguson’s efforts, and those of her teammates, the Lady Jackets lost a hard-fought game to the Lady Panthers, 69-61. With the loss, Woodford is now tied with Frankfort in third place in the district with a 1-5 record. The two teams will have a coin toss to determine the final seeding for the 41st District Tournament, which will be played at the Frankfort Civic Center, Tuesday to Friday, Feb. 23 to 26. At this time, Franklin County is No. 1 in the district with a 6-0 record, with Western Hills second with a 4-2 record. Ferguson got things started for Woodford in the first quarter of the game against Frankfort by hitting her first two shots, both three-pointers, to give the Lady Jackets a 6-0 lead. Woodford held its lead through the quarter as Ferguson hit two free throws and then two more three-pointers, while eighth-graders Abby Moffett scored on a three-pointer and Delaney Enlow hit two free throws. Still, Frankfort began hitting its shots as well, and at the end of the first, Woodford led 19-14. Frankfort caught up to Woodford in the opening minutes of the second quarter, tying the game on a two-pointer and a three-pointer, 19-19, then taking the lead on another three-pointer, 22-19. Later in the quarter, with Frankfort ahead 27-21, Ferguson hit another three-pointer to make it 27-24. But, following that shot there was an altercation between Ferguson and the Lady Panther player, who had been roughly guarding her, which resulted in a technical foul against both players. After that, with Ferguson on the bench, the Lady Jackets were a bit rattled. But, they settled down and with Frankfort ahead 35-27, junior Sylvia Collier hit two free throws, and Enlow hit one free throw to make it 35-30 at the end of the half. In the third quarter, and with Ferguson back in the lineup, Frankfort opened with a two-pointer, but Ferguson responded with a three-pointer, and sophomore Peyton Rose hit a three-pointer to make it a one point game, 37-36. But that was as close as Woodford got to the Lady Panthers in the quarter, as Frankfort maintained control and ended the third with a 51-44 lead. Woodford continued to fight hard in the fourth quarter, and got to within four points two times, 54-50 at 5:22, and 58-54 at 3:53, and within five points with 31.9 seconds left in the game, 65-60, but they just could not catch up to Frankfort and lost a tough game, 69-61. Along with Ferguson’s 37 points, Rose finished with 10 points, Enlow had six points and Moffett had five points.

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