• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Lady Jackets cruise to win over Corbin in YJ Shootou

The Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team hosted its annual preseason Yellow Jacket Shootout in The Hive on Saturday, Nov. 26, and came away with an impressive 62-39 win over Corbin. The Lady Jackets also played a perseason game on the road against Rockcastle County on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and, while Woodford led 26-20 at the half, the Jady Jackets lost the game 55-43. However, following a couple days of practice, the Lady Jackets’ play against Corbin was much improved, according to Woodford head coach Jay Lucas. “Our varsity team played very well in defeating Corbin, 62-39. Corbin is pre-season ranked No. 7 in the 13th region,” said Lucas. “The major difference in the two (preseason games) was how much better we handled the ball in the second (preseason game against Corbin) where we played well for four quarters. “At Rockcastle last Tuesday, we had a great first half, but did not play well in the second half. We are stressing to this team how important it is to put together four quarters in varsity play. Hopefully, the players saw the difference Saturday night against Corbin. The coaching staff certainly noticed how much harder we competed on Saturday night and that we need to keep improving every game.” In addition to Woodford, nine girls’ teams participated in this year’s shootout: Atherton, Corbin, Greenwood, Henry Clay, Holy Cross, Madison Central, Rowan County, Somerset, and Western Hills. The rules for the preseason games were that each team would play four quarters, with each quarter starting at 0-0. In the game, Woodford handily won all four quarters – 17-11, 22-12, 12-7 and 11-9 – for a final score of 62-39. The team saw a number of players have good games. Led by junior Peyton Rose, the Lady Jackets pressed the Lady Redhounds on many occasions, and then attacked with a fast paced offense, which help them get early leads in all four quarters that they never relinquished. Other players who played good in the game were freshmen Delaney Enlow, Kasey Abel, Kayla Harlow, Abbie Hudson, Abby Moffett and Anna Manges, to name a few. If Woodford plays all season with the same intensity as they did agaisnt Corgin, they will have a successful season. Season Opener Woodford opened its season on the road on Tuesday, Nov. 29, against Montgomery County and played very well. As a result, they came home with a 61-34 win. According to Lucas, this was only the second time the Lady Jackets beat the Lady Indians on their home court. (The last time was on Nov. 30, 2010. Woodford won that game 46-41.) Leading the team in scoring was Pleyton Rose with 20 points. Also leading Woodford was Moffett, who had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Other Lady Jacket scorers were Hudson with 12 points, Enlow with six points, junior Kassie Cook, Allison Birch and sophomore Adie Preston with two points each. Next up, Woodford goes on the road again on Saturday, Dec. 3, to play Nelson County at 7:30 p.m. The Lady Jackets then have their home opener in The Hive on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 8:15, when they host district rival Western Hills. That game is followed by another district match-up at home against Franklin County on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

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