• Rick Capone, Sport Editor

Lady Jackets defeat Bourbon Co.; prepare for districts

The Woodford County High School girls’ basketball team closed out its regular season schedule at home in The Hive on Friday, Feb. 17, with a big 63-59 win over Bourbon County. “They were supposed to beat us,” said Woodford head coach Jay Lucas with a smile. “They’ve got two nice post players that are seniors. We had trouble matching up with them. We got in foul trouble. But, I thought … (Anna) Manges, substituting in for (Abbie) Hudson, had a great first quarter that got us jump- started pretty well. (She) hit three threes; one of them was a runner. “Then, (when) Delaney (Enlow got) in foul trouble, I thought Kayla (Harlow) played wonderful on defense. She’s come a long way for us and done a good job. And then when Kasey (Abel) got in foul trouble, I thought (Adie) Preston was good for us. She did some things for us, including hitting those two free throws at the end of the game. “It was a good team win. I thought Peyton (Rose) did a good job running the team. She got a lot of good assists and made a lot of good decisions. … Everybody played well and that’s what we’ve got to have on Wednesday night.” With the win, Woodford ends the regular season 13-17 overall, 6-7 in the region and 3-3 in district play. Woodford played in its 41st District tournament opener against Western Hills on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The results were not available at press time, but will appear in next week’s Woodford Sun. In the game against Bourbon County, sophomore Anna Manges jump started the Lady Jackets with three consecutive three-pointers and a layup to help Woodford lead 21-11 at the end of one. “Manges jump-started us,” said Lucas. “She hit three threes in the first quarter and a layup; had 11 points in the first quarter of our 21. So, that was a good substitution for Hudson, who has the flu. We’re hoping we get (Hudson) back next week. But Manges did a good job tonight.” In the second quarter, Woodford continued to press its advantage. Freshman Abby Moffett scored for two, as did freshman Kayla Harlow, while Bourbon County scored three free throws to make it 25-14. After a Colonels’ timeout, junior Peyton Rose hit Moffett with a nice pass, and Moffett hit for three, while Bourbon County made a free throw. Then a two-pointer and two free throws by Bourbon County was followed by a free throw by Harlow, which made it 29-19. On the next play, Moffett stole the ball, drove the length of the court and put it in for two to make it a 31-19 ball game. While Bourbon County hit a three-pointer and a free throw to close out the first half, Woodford took a 31-23 lead into the locker room. In the third quarter, Bourbon County began to try and claw its way back into the game, as the Colonels scored the first basket, but Manges answered with another three-pointer and Woodford maintained its lead, 34-25. The Colonels continued to hit some baskets, but each time they scored, Woodford answered, as Rose hit two three-pointers and Moffett hit a three-pointer from the corner to give Woodford an 11-point lead, 43-32. Bourbon County next hit two free throws and a two-pointer, which was answered by Enlow, who took a pass from Rose and put it in. That was followed by two free throws by sophomore Adie Preston, who was seeing some action off the bench, to give Woodford a 47-36 The third quarter ended with a three-pointer by Bourbon County, but Woodford still led 47-39. Things got much closer in the fourth quarter, as Bourbon County fought back and got within three points on a three-pointer, 57-54, with under 1:30 to go in the game. Following a Colonels’ timeout, Woodford inbounded the ball and passed it the length of the court to Rose, who made an easy layup to make it 59-54. The rest of the game became a foul-fest, as Bourbon County fouled Rose three times, and she made two of five free throws. Meanwhile, Bourbon County hit two free throws and a three-pointer to make it 61-59 with under 30 seconds to go. Then, with 8.6 seconds left in the game, Preston was fouled and went to the line to try and seal the game for Woodford, which she did by calmly hitting both shots to make it a two-possession game, 63-59. Preston finished with four points and four rebounds. “(Preston) hasn’t played much this year, but she came off the bench and filled that roll,” said Lucas. “When (freshman) Kasey (Abel) was in foul trouble, (Preston) got some rebounds for us, and hit the two big free throws that iced the win. That was nice.” Bourbon County called a timeout, but they could not get a shot off and Woodford got the win. Despite being in early foul trouble, Enlow led the team with a double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. In addition, Moffett led the team in scoring with 16 points; she also had six rebounds. Also, Manges had 14 points, Rose had 10 points and three rebounds, Harlow had seven points and five rebounds and Abel had seven rebounds. Next up, if Woodford defeated Western Hills in its first game of the district tournament on Wednesday, then the Lady Jackets play in the championship game on Friday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. against the winner of the Franklin County-Frankfort game.

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