• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Lady Jackets cruise to win over Frankfort

In a very impressive performance against district rival Frankfort, the Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team took an early 18-2 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 60-40 win at home in The Hive on Saturday, Jan. 28. “I thought we did a lot of good things as the game progressed,” said Woodford head coach Jay Lucas. “We didn’t extend the lead like I wanted to, but we had such a great first quarter. I mean, we can’t play much better than we played in the first quarter. (Abby) Moffett came out on fire. We got the ball inside their lane. We did a lot good things. Got a big lead, and then we kind of just checked it between 15 and 25 the rest of the game. We never did get past 20, 21, 22, 23. We never did get it under 15, so I thought it was a good job on our kids’ part.” With the win, Woodford is now 11-11 overall, 6-5 in the region and 3-3 in the district. The Lady Jackets will face Western Hills in the first round of the 41st District tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 22. In the opening minutes against Frankfort, Woodford quickly opened up a 9-0 lead behind a two-pointer by freshmen Delaney Enlow and a two-pointer, a three-pointer and two free throws by freshman Abby Moffett. Frankfort finally got on the board off a nice play, but then Moffett struck for another three, freshman Kasey Abel hit a two-pointer and Enlow made two baskets from under the basket to give the Lady Jackets an 18-2 lead. Following a Frankfort time out, junior Peyton Rose hit a three-pointer and Enlow hit a basket and free throw, while Frankfort hit two baskets and the first quarter ended with Woodford in the lead, 24-6. The Lady Jackets continued to control the game in the second quarter and after an opening two-pointer by Frankfort, Moffett hit another three-pointer, Rose made one of two free throws, and Enlow scored from under the basket again to make it a 30-8 ball game. Frankfort started to find its shooting range a little more in the second quarter and with the score 30-12, sophomore Anna Manges nailed a three-pointer to make it 33-12. The Lady Panthers closed out the first half with a two baskets; one a buzzer-beater, to make it 33-16 going into the locker room. In the third quarter, Frankfort tried hard to get back into the game, but with such a big lead, Woodford was able to maintain control and stay comfortably in the lead. Enlow, Rose, Abel and Manges got baskets when needed, while the Lady Panthers hit a good number of their own, but at the end of three, the Lady Jackets were ahead 45-28. Woodford continued its strong play into the fourth quarter, which saw Frankfort hit two baskets, one for two points and one for three points. But Moffett responded to those baskets with two three-pointers to make it 51-33. “I thought Moffett played her best game of her career,” said Lucas. “I really did. I thought she was wonderful. I don’t know how many points she had, it doesn’t matter. I told her it wasn’t just the three-point shooting. It was everything. She rebounded well, she had a lot of steals, she (got her) hands on (a lot of) balls. She played great defense. I thought she had one of her better games.” Moffett finished the game with 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. She was also five for eight from the three-point line. Down the stretch, Frankfort continued to battle, but Woodford had the answer each time. And, as things got closer to the end of the game, the Lady Panthers began fouling, mostly Enlow, who responded by hitting 4 of 6 free throws. “We’ve been really working hard on our free throws, and I’m so glad to see that (Enlow) stepped up and hit some that were meaningful,” said Lucas. “They (kept) the lead comfortable. She did a good job making those free throws tonight and I’m very proud of her. She’s doing a great job scoring and getting rebounds for us, and when she steps up and hits free throws like that, it’s good.” Enlow finished the night with a double-double, as she had 20 points and 16 rebounds. With under a minute to go, Rose hit a nice running shot, was fouled and made the free throw to give Woodford a 60-40 lead, which is how the game ended. Rose finished the game with 13 points and five assists. In addition, Abel had four points and three rebounds, while Manges had four points. The Lady Jackets’ defense did not allow Frankfort any more scoring opportunities and Woodford got the win. Next up, Woodford plays Casey County on Friday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m.

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