• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Yellow Jackets fall to visiting Casey County

The Woodford County High School boys’ basketball team played host to visiting Casey County in The Hive on Friday, Feb. 3, and while the Yellow Jackets held an early lead, the Rebels rallied and went home with a 73-65 win. “I was pleased overall with our ability to score the basketball, however, there were too many mental errors that they took advantage of, which was the difference in the game,” said Woodford head coach Ryan Wilson. “ Defensively, we did not have the same pressure and energy that we had in the past and Casey County was able to play comfortable on offense most the night and that is why they were able to score so easily.” With that game complete, the Yellow Jackets are now 13-12 overall, 4-8 in the region and 4-2 in the district. Against Casey County, Woodford opened a 2-0 lead on free throws by senior Keagan Stromberg, but the Rebels came right back with a basket to tie it at 2-2. The Yellow Jackets then took a 10-2 lead on a basket by sophomore Brandon Cromwell, back-to-back jump shots by sophomore Corey George and a basket by senior Trevor White. Casey County then scored a two-pointer and two free throws, while Stromberg hit a jump shot, White hit a three-pointer and senior Griffin Mobley hit for two to give Woodford a 17-6 lead. The two teams swapped a few baskets and the first quarter ended with the Yellow Jackets in the lead 21-13. The second quarter opened with Casey County hitting a three-pointer, but senior Malik Richards countered with a two-pointer to make it 23-16. Stromberg then hit a free throw and White hit a three-pointer, while Casey County hit a basket and two free throws, and Woodford led 27-18. Then, the Rebels went on a run, scoring six straight points to make it a three-point game, 27-24. George then hit a jumper, which was followed by a three-pointer by the Rebels. But, George came right back, hit a two-pointer, was fouled and hit the free throw and Woodford led 32-27. The two teams then swapped baskets, with Casey County getting the edge. At the half, Woodford was down by three points, 38-35. The third quarter opened and senior Alex Cason hit a two-pointer and free throw to tie the game at 38-38. Casey County countered with a free throw, but Cason made another basket and Woodford held a 40-39 lead. It would, unfortunately, be the Jackets last lead of the game, as the Rebels scored seven straight points to open up a six-point lead, 46-40. Stromberg then hit the next two baskets for Woodford, while Casey County scored six points and the third quarter ended with the Rebels ahead 52-44. The fourth quarter was like the movie “Fast and Furious,” as both teams were running up and down the court, swapping baskets. Casey County hit a three-pointer and a two-pointer, while Stromberg hit two baskets to make it 57-48. The Rebels continued to make their shots, and while Cromwell hit a three-pointer from the corner, Stromberg hit a free throw and Richards made a basket, Casey County had the answer and still led 67-56. The rest of the game played out in similar fashion. Each time Woodford scored, Casey County countered with a couple of baskets of their own. But, while the Yellow Jackets lost the game, they had the last word. Down 73-60, Richards hit a two-pointer and Stromberg stole the ball and hit a three-pointer. But, it was too little, two late, as the Rebels got the win, 73-65. Stromberg led the team in scoring with 20 points, while George added nine points, Cason and George had seven points each, junior Nick Smith had four points, senior Braxton Caudill had three points and Mobley finished with two points. Next up, Woodford closes out the regular season with three games. The first two games are at home. The first is against Henry Clay on Saturday, Feb. 11, and the second is against Mercer County, which is also Senior Night, on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Yellow Jackets close out the regular season on the road against Mercer County on Friday, Feb. 17. All three games start at 7:30 p.m.

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