Lady Jackets prepare for basketball season
Woodford County High School girls' basketball has a new head coach this season. Steve Jaco comes into this season as the new leader of the Lady Jackets and there is plenty to be excited about. When Jay Lucas retired in March, the program would be facing change for the first time in decades. Jaco came in with high energy and ideas to wreak havoc on the floor and he has this group of talented young ladies believing they can win.
“It was a culture change for everyone,” said Jaco. “ Coach Lucas did a great job and he had a great record here and built a lot of respect for this program. I came in here with ideas on what I wanted to do and some of those things were changes for the girls but they have responded well. The work ethic that we are seeing every practice is tremendous. These girls want to be better and as a coach that is a great problem to have. We started from scratch this summer with fundamentals and are building from there. We are returning five starters this year with four sophomores and a senior. It's a really young team with three seniors but it's exciting.”
Jaco has coached previously at Graves County High School from 1996-2002. Graves was head girls' basketball coach during that period. When Jaco left his coaching job at Graves County, he went into active duty military service.
Jaco has been preaching defense to his young team and to be able to create offensive chances by playing solid defense. Jaco will be implementing a man to man defense to create havoc on the court this season.
“I was told a long time ago that if you can defend and you can rebound the ball you have a chance to win the game,” said Jaco. “That is where our main concentration is right now and to get to the point where we can become a nightmare for other teams that come into our gym. The offense will come around but we will be a good defensive team.”
Sophomore Delaney Enlow comes into this season looking to build off of her impressive freshman campaign. Enlow was tremendous on the glass pulling down 13.3 rebounds a game and adding 13.5 points a game to lead the team in both categories. Enlow as you may recall hit the famous home run against Scott County in the softball playoffs last season. With a great freshman season behind her, Enlow has a good handle on what she thinks her team can do this year.
“I feel like we are learning a lot right now and it's coming together for us,” said Enlow. “ We have all bought into what coach Jaco is bringing with his leadership. Our level of play grows stronger every day and there is a lot of hope and excitement right now.”
Enlow, who came in to play for the Lady Jackets as an eighth grader 3 seasons ago, knows that a solid season will land her in the 1,000 point club at Woodford.
“I had a lot of goals that I set last year and did well with those,” said Enlow. “So this year is a new challenge as a team and also on this personal level. I want to break my personal records and get better each time on the floor.”
Sophomore Abby Moffett and senior Peyton Rose also come back this season with scoring averages above ten points a game. Sophomore Abbie Hudson averaged 6.9 points a game last season and has high hopes for this coming season. Jaco's daughter Nia Grace will also join the ranks of shooters within the Lady Jacket arsenal.
“With coach bringing the energy he brings to every practice, we feel like we are moving forward quickly and it's really exciting,” said Hudson. “ We are young as a team but coach has showed great patience with us and he wants us to learn and get better. Our practices are intense and the girls are showing more confidence every day. This team has an incredible passion for the game and I feel like that is what will set us apart from the other teams this season. I'm chasing that 1,000 point club also but right now being a guard, I just have to make sure I can move the ball around and when the shots come I will take them”