• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Lady Jackets win district game over Western Hills

PEYTON ROSE brings the ball down the court on a fast break during the Woodford County High School girls’ basketball district game against Western Hills at home in The Hive on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Rose led her team with 22 points to help the Lady Jackets win 73-56. (Photo by Rick Capone)

In a very well-played game, the Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team took the lead early against district-opponent Western Hills at home in The Hive on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and never allowed the Lady Wolverines to recover. When the final horn sounded, the Lady Jackets walked off the floor with a 73-56 victory. While Woodford head coach Jay Lucas was very happy with the win, he did note that the team had a few things to work on before they host another district opponent, Franklin County on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. “I thought we played really well. Really, really well,” said Lucas. “(However), we turned the ball over a little bit too much in the second half for my liking. We had 12 turnovers at halftime; 13 in the second half (because of Western Hills’s pressure). We’ve got to be better on Friday night because it’s going to be better pressure (by Franklin County).” With the win, the Lady Jackets remain undefeated. They are now 3-0 overall, 1-0 in the region and 1-0 in the district. Leading the way for Woodford was junior Peyton Rose, who led the team in scoring with 22 points, six assists and three rebounds. However, it was not only her scoring that helped her team win – she had two key three-pointers near the end of the game – but also her leadership and finding her teammates with her passing that helped ever more. Then, when she had to sit because of foul trouble, her teammates picked things up and maintained the lead over Western Hills. “She’s (Rose) the straw that stirs our drink,” said Lucas. “She did a really good job when she was in there. And, she got in foul trouble, but I thought our other kids did well while she was in foul trouble.”

ABBY MOFFETT tries to get by a Western Hills defender in Woodford's district opener at home on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Moffett had 18 points in the game to help her team get a 73-56 win. (Photo by Rick Capone)

Rose agreed, saying, “I think I controlled the ball well. But our biggest weakness right now is defense, and playing with my hands instead of my feet. And getting into foul trouble. But, I think my team has my back on that, because they fill in the spots with good shots and stuff. … It was a great team win.” Woodford quickly opened up a 4-0 lead at the start of the game, which put Western Hills on its heels. Still, the Lady Wolverines fought back and got to within one point, 6-5. Then, with Rose sitting on the bench following her second foul, which was questionable as she was nowhere near the play at the time, the Lady Jackets scored on a jump shot by freshman Kasey Abel and a three-pointer by freshman Abby Moffett, which gave Woodford an 11-5 lead. Moffett finished the game with 18 points, five of them three-pointers, nine rebounds and four assists. Abel had three points and seven rebounds. Western Hills fought back once again with three shots to make it 11-9, but two free throws by freshman Delaney Enlow gave Woodford a 13-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. Enlow finished the game with a double double with 18 points and six rebounds. She also blocked six shots. The Lady Jackets opened the second quarter like they did the first, hitting some good shots, including two three-pointers, one by Moffett, the other by Rose, which gave Woodford a 21-12 lead. Woodford maintained that lead throughout the quarter, and while Western Hills tried to fight back, the Lady Jackets were stronger and hit more of their shots. At halftime, Woodford led by 14 points, 36-22. Western Hills came out fast at the start of the third quarter and scored two times – one on a layup and the other on a free throw – which made it a 36-27 game. Rose then hit a three-pointer, followed by a three-pointer by Moffett to give Woodford a 42-27 lead. The rest of the way, Woodford held a large lead and, while Western Hills tried to rally, the Lady Jackets always had an answer and finished the third quarter ahead 53-38. At the start of the fourth quarter, both teams opened with a three-pointer, with Moffett scoring for Woodford. Enlow then scored two on a shot from under the basket, which was followed by two three-pointers by Western Hills to make it 58-47. The Lady Wolverines continued their comeback attempt, stealing the ball and driving to the basket for a layup, followed by a three pointer to make it 58-52. But then Rose helped stop Western Hills in its tracks, as she hit a three-pointer to open up a nine-point lead, 61-52. After that, both teams traded scores down the stretch and when it was over, Woodford had a 73-56 victory. “It’s pretty exciting (getting the district win), because Western Hills is our biggest rival,” said Rose. “Just coming out there and having a 17-point win is a great feeling.” Next up, Woodford hosts district-rival Franklin County on Friday, Dec. 9, at 8:15 p.m.

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