• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS girls’ basketball falls to Franklin Co., Western Hills

The Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team travelled to Frankfort on Friday, Jan. 13, to take on No. 5 Franklin County in a district match-up and, despite playing much better than they did the first time they faced them this season, the Lady Jackets lost the game 63-38. “I thought the starting five played really well,” said Woodford head coach Jay Lucas. “The first half we executed our game plan, and in the third quarter we gave them some easy baskets off turnovers. But, we battled all the way until the end. A much better effort this time. We held them below their scoring average of 70 points per game. Our turnovers were much less this time, too, only 22. We outrebounded them 37-32.” Then on Tuesday, Jan. 17, Woodford was back in Frankfort for another district game, this time to play Western Hills, and in another hard fought matchup, the Lady Jackets lost 65-52. With those two games complete, Woodford is now 9-8 overall, 4-3 in the region and 2-3 in the district. In addition, the Lady Jackets and the Lady Wolverines will play one more this season. They will face each other in the first round of the 41st District tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Against Franklin County on Friday, Woodford kept the game close for most of the first quarter. After Franklin County took a 2-0 lead, freshman Delaney Enlow took a pass under the basket and scored to tie it at 2-2. The Lady Flyers scored on their next possession, but once again, Enlow got a pass under the basket, this time from junior Peyton Rose, and scored to tie the game, 4-4. Franklin County then scored on a put-back to retake the lead at 6-4, but two possessions later, freshman Abby Moffett hit a three-pointer to give Woodford the lead, 7-6. Franklin County then closed out the first quarter by scoring on its next four possessions and took a 14-7 lead going into the second quarter. Enlow scored from under the basket to make it a 14-9 game to start the second quarter, but the Lady Flyers hit two three-pointers in a row to widen their lead to 11 points at 20-9. Woodford fought back and a two-pointer by freshman Kasey Abel and another two-pointer by Enlow, which followed a basket by Franklin County, made it 22-13 as the second quarter neared its end.

Franklin County then hit two more baskets, while Enlow made one of three free-throws, and the first half ended with the Lady Flyers ahead 26-14. At the start of the third quarter, Franklin County came out and took control of the game, scoring nine unanswered points to take a 35-14 lead. Enlow then scored a basket and followed that with two free throws to make it 35-18. But Franklin County came right back and scored two baskets before Abel hit a three-pointer to make it a 39-21 game. Then, with time running out in the third quarter, the Lady Flyers’ star player, Princess Stewart, hit a three-pointer to close out the stanza with 42-21 lead. Franklin County opened the final quarter by making a three-pointer and a two-pointer off a steal to take a 47-21 lead. Woodford came back and, on their next two possessions, Moffett hit a three- pointer and freshman Abbie Hudson drove down the lane and scored two points to make it 47-26. However, the Lady Flyers continued to put pressure on the Lady Jackets and, on their next two possessions, scored a three-pointer and a two-pointer to take a 52-26 lead. Rose answered back as she nailed a three-pointer to make it 54-32 with about three minutes left in the game. After that, while the Lady Jackets continued to fight hard, and while Moffett hit a three-pointer and Rose scored on a three-point play (a basket and a free throw), the Lady Flyers answered back each time and got the win, 63-38. Leading the Lady Jackets was Enlow, who scored a double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds. “She continues to put up big numbers in scoring and rebounding,” said Lucas. Also scoring in double figures was Moffett, who had 12 points – all by three-pointers. “She’s developing into the scorer that we need her to be,” said Lucas. In addition, Rose had six points and five assists, while Hudson had two points. In the game against Western Hills, Woodford was led by Enlow, who had another double-double, scoring 18 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. In addition, Moffett had 12 points, Hudson had 12 points, Rose had eight points and Abel had two points.

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