• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Lady Jackets finish second in Bardstown Holiday Classic

The Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team spent the first part of its 2016 Christmas break playing some basketball at the three-day Bardstown Holiday Classic. After winning their opening games against Cordova, Tenn., on Monday, Dec. 19, and Jeffersontown on Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Lady Jackets took on Bardstown on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in the championship game. There, despite their efforts and some questionable officiating, the team took home second place as the Lady Tigers won the game 55-45. “Overall, we were excited to be playing in the championship game with a very young team,” said Woodford head coach Jay Lucas. “We must cut down on our turnovers to beat good teams as we move into January and February. The coaching (staff) is very pleased to be 6-3 at this point in the season.” With the tournament complete, Woodford is now 6-3 overall, 2-1 in the region and 1-1 in the district. In their exciting opening game of the tournament, Woodford defeated Cordova, Tenn., 58-56 on a shot by freshman Delaney Enlow with just three seconds left in the game. “The game with Cordova was exciting,” said Lucas. “We had a pretty big lead late in the third quarter, (but) Cordova started to give us some problems with their pressure, which led to them coming back to tie the game at 56-56 with 20 seconds left. Then on the last possession, we showed some composure for a young team and made good decisions with three good passes and a drive to the basket by (Abby) Moffett who then dished it off to (Delaney) Enlow for the game winner from four feet with three seconds left. (An) exciting win.” Freshman Enlow had a “monster game,” according to Lucas. She led the team with a double-double with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Also, freshman Abby Moffett had 17 points, while junior Peyton Rose, sophomore Adie Preston and freshman Abbie Hudson had nine points each. In Woodford’s next game, the Lady Jackets easily defeated Jeffersontown 67-19 to advance to the championship game. “The Jeffersontown game was pretty much decided in the first half, as they were playing without an injured point guard,” said Lucas. “We pressured them into turnovers and built a big lead. Ten of our players scored during the game. Everyone played well.” Rose led the team with 14 points and eight assists, while Moffett had 12 points, Manges had 10 points coming off the bench, and sophomore Abbey Peterson and Hudson had eight points and seven points, respectively. In addition, Enlow had five points and led the team with seven rebounds, freshman Kasey Abel had five points and junior Mara Llorente had two points. In the championship game against Bardstown, Moffett gave Woodford an early 5-0 lead on a long-distance three-pointer and a two-pointer from under the basket. Then, a few possessions later, Rose hit two free throws to give the Lady Jackets a 7-2 lead. But, Bardstown slowly began to find their shooting range and they fought back to tie it 9-9, and then open up a seven-point lead, 16-9, at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, turnovers, which have plagued Woodford all season, as well as some questionable calls (Bardstown ended up taking 30 free throws to Woodford’s six), hampered the Lady Jackets’ attempts to catch up. That included Enlow being called for her third foul with 1:41 left before half time and having to head to the bench. Still, while Bardstown maintained its lead throughout the stanza, the Lady Jackets closed it to four points, 26-22, at the half. Woodford came out in the third quarter and got to within two points of Bardstown twice, 26-24 and 29-27, but the Lady Tigers kept their composure and with a few steals and some good shooting, opened up a seven point lead, 38-31 at the end of the third. In the fourth quarter, Woodford again cut the lead down to two points, 41-39, before Bardstown got back on track and scored eight unanswered point to make it a 49-39 ball game. After that, things just did not fall the Lady Jackets’ way. Moffett and Enlow both fouled out, while the Lady Tigers’ shooting was on target and they went on to a 55-45 win. “The Bardstown game was a grinder,” said Lucas. “We started off okay, but by halftime we had three starters with three fouls and were down 26-22. We had trouble scoring all day and were behind 38-31 after three quarters. We made a great run to cut it to two points early in the fourth quarter at 41-39, but then got called for a charge on Moffett, which fouled her out and Bardstown slowly pulled away for a 10 point win. … It was a tough loss that the team will learn from for the future.” Moffett led the team with 15 points, while Rose had 14 points, Enlow had seven points and led the team with 10 rebounds. Next up, Woodford plays in the Garrard County Lady Lions Classic, Tuesday to Thursday, Dec. 27 to 29. They open with a game against Rockcastle County on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 6 p.m.

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