• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Lady Jackets fall in district game

It was a tough night for the Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team at home on Friday, Dec. 9, as the Lady Jackets suffered their first loss of the season. It was made even tougher because the loss came against district rival Franklin County, 69-32. The Lady Flyers, who are currently ranked No. 2 in the state of Kentucky, lived up to their “billing,” as they controlled the game from start to finish to get the win. With the loss, Woodford is now 3-1 overall, 1-1 in the region and 1-1 in the district. However, Woodford head coach Jay Lucas is adamant that he has a very good team and that the players need to work hard and get past this loss. “We are not letting this one game define our first four games,” said Lucas. “We are 3-1 and we will work hard in the next two days to beat Berea on Wednesday (Dec. 14). We have had a good start to the season and need to bounce back from this loss ready to play on Wednesday night.” Led by their senior all-state player Princess Stewart, Franklin County came out on fire and jumped on Woodford fast, opening up a 10-0 lead. The Lady Jackets finally got on the board when freshman Delaney Enlow scored on a put-back of her own shot to make it 10-2. The Lady Flyers then rattled off four more points before freshman Abbie Hudson hit a three-pointer. Then, following another Franklin County basket, freshman Abby Moffett hit a nice jump shot to make it a 16-7 ball game. But, while freshman Kasey Abel hit one of two free throws, Franklin County continued to dictate play and at the end of the first quarter held a comfortable 25-8 lead. The Lady Flyers continued their strong play at the start of the second quarter, hitting their first three shots to make it 31-8. Hudson scored seven points in the quarter for the Lady Jackets, but the Lady Flyers scored seven more of their own and at halftime led 38-15. Things continued to go Franklin County’s way in the third quarter, when it seemed that for every basket Woodford would make, the Lady Flyers would make multiple baskets. Things started when senior Peyton Rose hit two free throws, which was followed by Hudson hitting a three-pointer from the corner to make it a 38-20 game. But, Franklin County, whose quick, aggressive play caused numerous Woodford turnovers – 26 total in the game – came right back and scored 11 unanswered points to take a 49-20 lead. “We really need to work on our turnovers,” said Lucas. “Franklin County feeds off points from turnovers (and) 26 is too many against them.” Still, the Lady Jackets continued to work hard. Enlow fought in the paint for rebounds on the defensive end of the floor, and trying to get position for shots on the offensive end of the floor. Rose hit some good shots, including a three-pointer with under two minutes to go in the quarter, while Moffett, Hudson and the other Lady Jackets worked hard on both ends of the floor. In the end though, Franklin County was just too strong on this night and held a 54-27 lead at the end of three, and went on to a 69-32 victory. Hudson led Woodford in scoring with 13 points and was three for four from the three-point line. Enlow finished with nine points and 12 rebounds, and Rose had five points and four rebounds. Next up, Woodford played Berea on Wednesday, however, results were not available at press time but will appear in next week’s Woodford Sun. On Friday, Dec. 16, Woodford hosts West Jessamine at 7:45 p.m. The team then plays in the Bardstown Holiday Classic, Monday to Wednesday, Dec. 19 to 21.

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