• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Lady Jackets split games; net 3rd seed in districts

PEYTON ROSE, shown powering her way for two points against Anderson County, went 17-for-17 from the free throw line to help Woodford defeat Harrison County at home on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Rose’s accurate free throw shooting in the game also put her into the KHSAA record books, as she tied a state record. (Photo by Steve Blake/multiexpousres.com)

It was an up-and-down ride at home for the Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team last week, as they started off with a 69-54 win over Harrison County at home in The Hive on Wednesday, Feb. 10 – their first victory in 12 games. Then in their next game, they lost a hard-fought contest, 50-45, to Anderson County on Friday, Feb. 12, which gives them a 6-20 overall record, a 2-9 region record and a 1-5 district record. However, Woodford’s week ended on a very high note on Sunday, Feb. 14, with a coin toss to determine the seeding for the 41st District Tournament, which will be held Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 23 to 26, at the Frankfort Civic Center. Franklin County and Western Hills had locked up the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively. But, Woodford and Frankfort were tied and a coin flip was needed to see who would play No. 6-ranked Lady Flyers in the first round. Woodford head coach Jay Lucas won the coin flip, which gives the Lady Jackets the No. 3 seed in the tournament, where they will face Western Hills on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. The two teams played twice this year, with Woodford losing both times – 58-46 at Western Hills on Dec. 8, 2015, and 66-62 at home on Jan. 19. But, the Lady Jackets played much better in the second game, which should make for a good first-round match-up between the two district foes. And if the Lady Jackets win, they earn a spot in the 11th Region Tournament. “I am so excited for the challenge of our team qualifying for the 11th Region Tournament,” said Lucas in an email. “It won’t be easy. We will have to play well to (beat) Western Hills. They have beaten us twice this year, but I like our chances.” In Woodford’s win over Harrison County, the Lady Jackets had one of their best outings in a long time, as they rallied in the fourth quarter to get the 69-54 win. “We played really well in the fourth quarter,” said Lucas. “We scored 31 points. We were down by three at the end of the third and scored 31 points in the fourth quarter to win. So I was very happy with that win.” In the game, sophomore Peyton Rose not only played a good, all-around game, but she hit 17 consecutive free throws, which put her into the KHSAA record books. “Peyton went 17 for 17 from the foul line, which ties the state record,” said Lucas. “Any time you shoot over 10 free throws and get 100 percent, you go in the state record book.” Rose finished the game with 24 points and four rebounds. In addition, senior Caitlin Ferguson had 26 points and six rebounds, while eighth-graders Delaney Enlow had 12 points and six rebounds, and Abby Moffett had five points. In the game against Anderson County, the Lady Bearcats took an early 7-0 lead, only to see the Lady Jackets come back and take a 9-7 lead on a three-pointer by Moffett. But, Anderson County hit a two-pointer to tie the game 9-9 at the end of the first quarter. Ferguson opened the second quarter with a three-pointer to give Woodford a 12-9 lead, but Anderson County came back to tie it 12-12 on a three-point play. Enlow then powered her way to the basket for two for a 14-12 Lady Jacket lead, but soon after, Anderson County regained the lead, 16-15, and held it for the rest of the first half, which ended with the Lady Bearcats ahead 25-20. Anderson County opened the third quarter with a three-pointer to take a 28-20 lead; a lead they did not relinquish the rest of the game. At the end of the third, the Lady Bearcats led 36-28, and they went on to a 50-45 victory. “We play good tonight,” said Lucas after the game. “We didn’t make shots; that was the big thing. We’re going to turn the ball over because we’re young. But, we just didn’t make shots. We had plenty of opportunities and open shots all night long. If we made three or four more threes, we win the game. And, we had a lot of good looks from the three-point line. A lot of good looks.” Ferguson led the team with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Enlow scored a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Also, eighth-grader Kasey Abel had four points, senior Erica Hysell and Moffett had three points and four rebounds each, and Rose had three points and eight rebounds.

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