• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Lady Jackets lose to Casey County in well-played game

The Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team hosted Casey County in The Hive on Friday, Feb. 3, and in a hard-fought, but well-played game in which the Lady Jackets held a big lead in the early going, Woodford lost 64-57. “I thought our starts to each half were as good as we can play,” said Woodford head coach Jay Lucas. “We started the first half really, really well; we started the third quarter really, really well and played as good as we can play. “I told the kids in the (locker room after the game), it was probably one of our top-five performances of the year even though we lost. I thought it was a really good game on everybody’s part. We got the ball inside to Delany (Enlow), we hit some outside threes, we penetrated well, we played pretty good defense even though we gave up 64 points. A lot of good things happened that game. I’m very proud of our players.” The Lady Jackets are now 11-14 overall, 6-6 in the region and 3-3 in district play. Woodford got off to a fast start in the game and behind three baskets by freshman Delaney Enlow, and three-pointers by freshman Abby Moffett, junior Peyton Rose and freshman Kasey Abel, the Lady Jackets opened up a 15-4 lead. Slowly but surely, however, the Lady Rebels, who were in second place in the 12th Region at the time the game was played, began to come back. However, on a put-back by Abel and a two-pointer by Enlow, who caught a long pass and went in for the score, Woodford held a 21-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter opened with Moffett hitting a two-pointer along the baseline to make it 23-15, but then Casey County hit eight unanswered points to tie the game at 23-23. Woodford came back with a three-pointer from the corner by Moffett, but Casey County hit for two, then freshman Kayla Harlow scored two to give the Lady Jackets a 28-25 lead. Then, while Rose hit one free throw, Casey County scored 12 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer, to take a 37-29 lead into the halftime locker room. The Lady Jackets started the third quarter like the first, coming out fast and scoring nine straight points on two baskets by Enlow, and a three-pointer and two-pointer by Rose, to retake a 38-37 lead. Casey County called a 30-second time out to regroup, but when play resumed, Woodford scored three points off a free throw by Rose and two free throws by Moffett to make it a 41-37 game. The Lady Rebels came back with three points on a basket and foul shot, but that was answered by Rose, who drove the length of the court and scored to give the Lady Jackets a 43-40 lead. But, as it did in the first half, Casey County went on a scoring streak, this time with 10-unanswered points to retake the lead at 50-43. Enlow then hit for two points from under the basket, but the Lady Rebels hit a three as the third quarter ended to put Casey County ahead 53-45. The fourth quarter opened with Enlow making a shot from under the basket to make it 53-47. Enlow finished the game with a double-double, scoring 18 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Casey County then scored a two-pointer and a free throw, while Abel hit one free throw to make it 56-48. Moffett, who finished with 14 points and four rebounds, then stole the ball on the Lady Rebels’ next possession, drove down the floor and hit for two points. But, Casey County responded in kind, which made it 58-50. Following a free throw by Rose, who finished with 15 points and three rebounds, and a put-back by Enlow, Woodford closed the to five points, 58-53. Down the stretch, Casey County hit six free throws, to Woodford’s four points, two by Abel and two by Enlow to make it 64-57. As the clock ran down, the Lady Rebels began to stall, and with just a few seconds left in the game, the Lady Jackets walked to their bench. When the buzzer sounded, Casey County had the win. “The last 20 seconds, there we were, trying to fly all over … (and) we got a little tired,” said Lucas. “I didn’t really holler at them; I just said that’s enough and backed us out of there. We were down seven at that point, which is three possessions. I just didn’t think we’d get three possessions in 20 seconds.” Afterwards, Lucas noted how happy he was with his players’ performances in the game. “I thought Enlow was solid underneath,” he said. “I thought Peyton (Rose) played really well. I thought Moffett, Hudson and Abel – all three (of them) did a really good job. We need all five of them playing well together, and they did. Kayla Harlow came off the bench and gave us a big basket. So, it was a team effort tonight. It was one of those nights. You have to credit Casey County a little, too. They’re a pretty good team.” In addition to the double-figure scoring by Enlow, Rose and Moffett, Abel had six points and four rebounds, Hudson had two points and three rebounds and Harlow had two points and two rebounds. Next up, Woodford plays three more games to close out the regular season. They start with two road games. The first, on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. is against Anderson County, and then on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:45 p.m., they are at Dunbar. The Lady Jackets end the regular season at home against Bourbon County on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

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