• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Lady Jackets defeat Dunbar on senior night

SENIOR CELEBRATION. The Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team had a night to remember on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The Lady Jackets started the night off by honoring their seniors in front of family and friends. Then they went on to score a 54-45 win over Dunbar in a very exciting game. The seniors honored were, front row, from left, Erica Hysell, Caitlin Ferguson and Sydney Fugate. Standing with their players were Pam Duncan (assistant coach), Beth Lucas (assistant coach), Jay Lucas (head coach), Jeff Moffett (assistant coach), and Alyssa Lucas (assistant coach). (Photo by Rick Capone)

The Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team made senior night 2016 a night to remember, as they defeated Dunbar 54-45 to cap the night’s celebration. “What a great senior night win for our varsity team,” said Woodford head coach Jay Lucas via email. “...It’s awesome for the three seniors to have a senior night win over Dunbar. ... We are peaking at the right time and watch out Western Hills, here we come. It’s hard to beat a team three times in one season in our district and we will take the fight right to them on Wednesday at the Civic Center.” Woodford faced Western Hills in the 41st District Tournament on Wednesday. Results were not available at press time, but will appear in next week’s Woodford Sun. Prior to the game against Dunbar, the Lady Jackets honored its three seniors – Caitlin Ferguson, Sydney Fugate and Erica Hysell – in a short ceremony in front of family, teammates and friends. “All three (seniors) have played since sixth grade,” said Lucas. “I coached them from sixth grade through 12th grade, which is seven years. They’re just great kids on and off the court. Great students. They’re great leaders on this team. We haven’t had a lot of wins this year, but they’ve persevered and pushed us at practice. All three of them have done a great job of leading by example. I’m just proud of them to have a win on senior night.” Once the ceremony was over, it was time to get down to business, as Dunbar is a tough Lexington team that has caused Woodford problems in the past. At the start of the game, Dunbar took an early 9-5 lead, but on a four-point play by eighth-grader Abby Moffett, Woodford tied the game, then took the lead 16-11 on a three-pointer by Ferguson, a two-pointer by eighth-grader Delaney Enlow and a two-pointer by sophomore Peyton Rose to end the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Lady Bulldogs took the lead 19-16 on two three-pointers and two free throws, but Woodford responded and regained the lead 22-19 on a free throw by Enlow, three-pointer by Hysell and two free throws by Moffett. Dunbar then scored one point on a free throw to end the half with Woodford ahead 22-20. In the third quarter, the Lady Jackets came out fast to widen its lead to 31-22. It began with a two two-pointers by Enlow, two free throws by Rose and a three-pointer by Rose, while the Lady Bulldogs could only score a two-pointer in response. Dunbar hit another two-pointer, but Moffett hit a nice baseline jumper to make it a 10-point, 34-24, ball game. Two Dunbar two-pointers then made it 34-28, but Ferguson hit two free throws to give Woodford a 36-28 lead. The Lady Bulldogs responded once again and hit a three-pointer and a two-pointer to make it 36-33 at the end of the third. Woodford opened the fourth quarter with a basket by Hysell off an inbound pass, then another two-points by Moffett on a baseline drive, which gave Woodford a 40-33 lead. Dunbar then made one of two free throws, while Ferguson hit a three-pointer and then drove for another basket to make it a 45-34 game. Dunbar then made a three-point play and a three-pointer, while Ferguson hit two free throws, Enlow scored two from underneath the basket on a nice pass by Ferguson and Moffett hit a three-point bankshot from the top of the key to give Woodford a 52-40 lead, which forced Dunbar to call a timeout. After the short break, the Lady Bulldogs tried hard to catch up and scored five points to Woodford’s two points, which came on a great pass by Ferguson between Dunbar defenders to Enlow underneath for the basket. But for Dunbar it just wasn’t enough and the Lady Jackets got the win, 54-45. Caitlin Ferguson led the team in scoring with 17 points, while also pulling down nine rebounds. “Caitlin wasn’t great today, but still made plays for us to win,” said Lucas. “She rebounded, she passed – that one pass to Delaney there at the end of the game was unreal. When (Dunbar) cut it down to about seven maybe. (That made it) back up to nine. She didn’t shoot the ball as well as she’d like too, but still, she does other things for us to win. “I thought Sydney and Abby Moffett did a great job chasing their best player, Mashayla Cecil. And Moffett had a little bit of an offensive game for us. That’s a nice job on her.” Also, Enlow had a double-double with 11 pints and 15 rebounds, Moffett had 14 points, Rose had seven points and Hysell had five points. The three senior Lady Jackets were all happy to get the senior night victory. “It was a pretty good senior night all around,” said Ferguson. “The win was just the cherry on top. We all played hard and as a team. I think we’re ready to take on districts.” Added Fugate, “It was a great night for beating them. That topped off senior night pretty nice,” while Hysell said, “It was really exciting. It was a great senior night. It’ll definitely be a night I won’t forget.” On Friday, Woodford travelled up to Paris for their final regular season game against Bourbon County, and they lost a by one point, 50-49. Leading the team in scoring was Rose, who had 17 points. Also, Ferguson had eight points and five rebounds, while Enlow had seven points and 12 rebounds, Moffett and Hysell had nine points each, and freshman Allison Birch had six rebounds.

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