• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Jackets lose preseason game to Southwestern

The Woodford County High School boys’ basketball team closed out the Yellow Jacket Shootout in The Hive on Saturday, Nov. 26, with a 74-60 loss to Southwestern. The game was the final preseason contest for the Yellow Jackets before opening their regular season on Monday, Nov. 28, at Dunbar. In Woodford’s season opener at Dunbar, the Yellow Jackets lost, 81-42. Dunbar, last year’s state champions, came out fast and opened an early lead, which they did not relinquisth the rest of the game. Leading the team in scoring was senior Keagan Stromberg with 16 points and sophomore Brandon Cromwell with eight points. Cromwell and senior Alex Cason led the team in rebounds with four each. In their loss to Southwestern on Saturday, Woodford played strong at both ends of the court, but the Warriors, who finished second in Region 12 last year, played just a little better, especially with two tall, strong players at forward pulling down rebounds and making easy shots from underneath. The rules for the scrimmage were that there would be four quarters, with each quarter starting at 0-0. In the contest, Woodford won the first quarter, 14-13, and then, while they played the Warriors close the rest of the way, they lost the next three quarters, 21-13 in the second, 14-12 in the third and 26-21 in the fourth. Final score, Woodford lost 74-60. Leading the attack for Woodford was senior Trevor White at point guard. He brought the ball down court each time and had a number of options to get a play started. On the receiving end of White’s passes were two “high-flying” seniors, Keagan Stromberg and Malik Richards, who were equally comfortable driving to the basket for a layup, or shooting from the outside. In addition, senior Alex Cason and sophomore Brandon Cromwell, also were on the receiving end of White’s passes and made some good plays. While the offense was quick, the team’s defensive play was also strong, as they made some timely steals and pulled down a number of rebounds when they were able to get around the Warriors’ two forwards. Woodford fans in the stands could see that there is a lot of talent on this Yellow Jacket team for first-year head coach Ryan Wilson to work with this year. Once the season gets started, he’ll be able to solidify his line-up and make this a fun team to watch. Next up, Woodford hosts Boyle County on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Then on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at home in The Hive, they face their first district challenge against Western Hills.

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