• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Lady Jackets get big district win over Frankfort

In an important district match-up, the Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team went on the road to Frankfort on Friday, Jan. 6, took a big early lead and then withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally by the Lady Panthers to bring home a 56-50 victory. With the win, the Lady Jackets are now 9-5 overall, 4-1 in the region and 2-1 and in second place in the 41st District. “We needed to finish the game a little better,” said Woodford head coach Jay Lucas. “Up 19 points going into the fourth quarter, (we need to) make more free throws and make fewer turnovers. … We did finish with a district win, which puts us in second place for the district race. … It was a total team win.” In the district race, Franklin County is in first place with a 3-0 record, while Woodford is second with a 2-1 record, Western Hills is third with a 1-2 record and Frankfort is in fourth place with a 0-3 record. In the game against Frankfort, Woodford dominated the first quarter and behind baskets by freshmen Delaney Enlow, Abby Moffett, Abbie Hudson, and Kasey Abel, sophomore Anna Manges, and junior Peyton Rose, the Lady Jackets had a 20-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Woodford continued to pour it on in the second quarter and held a 23-point lead, 30-7 with under two minutes to go in the half. But then Frankfort started hitting some shots and went on to score 10 unanswered points to make it 30-17 heading into the locker room at the half. The third quarter started out much like the first one did, with Woodford hitting their shots from all over the floor, as Rose, Enlow, Moffett and Hudson still had the hot hands. Still, Frankfort slowly began crawling back into the game, as they began making more of their own shots, but at the end of the third quarter, Woodford still led, 43-24. The fourth quarter was a roller coaster ride for Lady Jacket fans. While Woodford continued to score, Frankfort not only started to score more consistently, but their defense picked up as they made a number of steals. As a result, with under two minutes to go in the game, the Lady Panthers had closed the scoring gap with the Lady Jackets to under 10 points, 49-40. Frankfort then started to foul to force Woodford to the free throw line while they continued to try and catch up. At the line, while the Lady Jackets did not make all of their free throws, they made enough to maintain their lead. In the end, Woodford stopped Frankfort’s rally and won the game, 56-50. Woodford had four players score in double figures in the game. Leading the Lady Jackets was Enlow, who had a monster of a game, as she had a triple-double with 11 points, 19 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots. In addition, Hudson had 13 points, two steals and six deflections, while Moffett had 12 points, six rebounds and three assists, Rose had 12 points and three assists, and Abel had eight points and five rebounds. In addition, the bench players, Manges, sophomore Abbey Peterson, eight-grader Devan Champion and sophomore Allison Birch, “gave us some quality minutes,” said Lucas. Next up, Woodford has two more important district games; both on the road. On Friday, Jan. 13, they play at Franklin County, and then on Tuesday, Jan. 17, they are at Western Hills. Both games start at 6:30 p.m. following the boys’ games.

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