• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Lady Jackets finish 1-2 in Lady Lions Classic

In their second holiday tournament in two weeks, the Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team finished 1-2 in the Garrard County Lady Lions Classic, which was held Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 27 to 29. In their opening game on Tuesday, the Lady Jackets defeated Rockcastle County 62-55, but then turned around on Wednesdayand lost to Lincoln County 76-43. The Lady Jackets bounced back on Thursday and played a very good game against Wayne County, but fell just short and lost 58-56. With those games complete, Woodford comes out of its two holiday tournaments 7-5 overall, 2-1 in the region and 1-1 in the district. “Overall, we played really well for two games and came away with one solid win over a good team (Rockcastle County) and a near win over another good team (Wayne County),” said Woodford head coach Jay Lucas. “We are 7-5 right now as we get ready for January and I see improvement in our team. We are really working on having fewer turnovers, which gives us a better chance to beat anyone on our schedule.” In its first game of the tournament against Rockcastle, Woodford was on its game, as they spread the scoring around to a number of players, played solid defense, and limited turnovers, which has been a problem this season. As a result, the Lady Jackets won 62-55. “(It was) nice win for us. Everyone played well,” said Lucas. “(Freshman) Abby Moffett led us with 18 points. (Senior) Peyton Rose added 15 points and had six assists. (Freshman) Delaney (Enlow) had nine points and 10 rebounds, (and freshman) Kasey Abel had four points and 13 rebounds. We made free throws down the stretch to hold them off, and got some good stops on defense in the last four minutes. We only had 15 turnovers which helped out a bunch.” Along with those players mentioned, freshman Abbie Hudson had seven points, sophomore Anna Manges had four points, sophomore Allison Birch had three points, and eighth-grader Devan Champion had two points and four rebounds. In their second game of the tournament against Lincoln County, the Lady Jackets started strong and held a 19-17 lead at the end of the first quarter, but turnovers cost them big-time, as Lincoln County took control of the game and won 76-43. “(We had a) really good first quarter – led 19-17,” said Lucas. “Then the wheels came off the bus. Too many turnovers – (we) finished the game with 29 turnovers. … Lincoln was really good against us. They were scoring from everywhere. Especially off our turnovers.” Woodford had three players score in double figures in the game, as Moffett, Rose and Enlow each had 12 points. Enlow completed a double-double by pulling down 10 rebounds. In addition, Abel had nine rebounds, Hudson had six rebounds and Moffett had five rebounds. The Lady Jackets bounced back from that loss and played a very good game against Wayne County in their final contest of the tournament. Limiting their turnovers to just 15, Woodford was able to stay close, but eventually lost a close one, 58-56. “We played hard and did a lot of good things (and) only had 15 turnovers,” said Lucas. “We just did not shoot the ball well. (We were) 4 for 28 in threes, and 8 for 18 in free throws. Those two areas really cost us.” Still, the game remained close and as the clock ran down, Hudson made a nice pass to Moffett, who was in the clear for a three-point shot. She got if off with five seconds to go, but just missed, and Wayne County got the two-point win. Enlow led the team with another double-double, as she scored 19 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and was named to the All-Tournament team. Rose added 16 points and had three steals, while Moffett had nine points and seven rebounds, and Able had seven points, nine rebounds and three steals. Next up, Woodford plays three games; two against district opponents. On Friday, Jan. 6, the Lady Jackets are on the road for a district game against Frankfort at 8:15 p.m. Then on Tuesday, Jan. 10, they play a home game against Garrard County at 7:45 p.m. They end the week on Friday, Jan. 13, against another district opponent, Franklin County, in Frankfort, at 6:30 p.m.

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