Lady Jackets crush Montgomery County in season opener
The Woodford County High School girls' basketball team started its season at home beating the Montgomery County Lady Indians 62-23 on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The Lady Jackets started the game on a 15-0 run and never looked back in Coach Steve Jaco's debut.
“It was nice to come out here and start the season off well,” said Jaco. “Montgomery County is a young team with a first year coach and we were able to convert on some mistakes they made. I liked our intensity and I am hopeful we can build on that. I'd like to see the level of effort stay consistent and would love to get more chances in the post but overall a solid start to the season.”
The Lady Jackets came out firing early on. Sophomore Abby Moffett hit a pair of three-point shots and fellow sophomore Abbie Hudson scored an uncontested layup. On the defensive end, Woodford followed the ball and swarmed the Lady Indians, preventing any open shot attempts. The Lady Indians missed their first eight attempts from the field and were forced to call a timeout when sophomore Delaney Enlow scored in the paint while being fouled. Enlow made the free throw to convert the three-point play. Junior Nia Jaco made a fantastic play getting a rebound and scoring down low. Montgomery County scored on a layup and made a free throw but a layup by senior Peyton Rose and jump shot by sophomore Kayla Harlow made the lead 21-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Both teams exchanged baskets to start the second quarter. Moffett made a pair of three-pointers and Hudson followed up with her own pair of threes. The Lady Jackets defense was stifling the Lady Indians causing multiple turnovers. Woodford took a 39-10 lead into the half.
“I was happy with our effort tonight,” said Hudson. “When you come out for the first game, you really aren't sure what's going to happen but we fought hard and made shots. The three point ball fell for us tonight and we become dangerous when that happens because we also have terrific post play.”
In the third quarter both teams came out aggressively and created turnovers. Woodford settled down by feeding Enlow in the paint on back to back plays. Moffett added a pair of free throws after being fouled under the basket. The Lady Jackets continued to pressure the Lady Indians resulting in more turnovers that Woodford converted into points. Rose hit a pair of threes and Hudson stole the ball at half court and scored on an easy layup. The Lady Jackets took a 32-point lead into the fourth quarter.
“It's an amazing feeling when the team gets hot like that,” said Rose. “It's contagious and we were all looking to make everything we put up. We have a lot of work to do to get where we want to go but this was a solid start to our season. It's always a great feeling when you know your night is done and you can cheer on the other girls. We battle so hard in practice every day so we love to cheer them on when they get opportunities.”
At the start of the fourth quarter the student section started to cheer loudly for Breanna “Boo” Hysell to be put into the game. Jaco took the starters off the floor and the students gave a loud ovation. Harlow was dominant on the floor in the first four minutes rebounding and scoring from the paint. Junior Savannah Karbach scored on a put back after a terrific offensive rebound and also scored the final basket on a breakaway layup. Moffett was the high scorer with 14 points and Hudson added 12. In the JV game, the Lady Jackets won 34-26. Ellie Doughtery and Kayla Harlow scored 9 points each.
“Tonight felt great being part of this win,” said Hysell. “All of the work that comes with being part of a team like this makes it all worth while when you know your peers make it so much fun when you come into a game. I've enjoyed being part of this team and am looking forward to the rest of the season.”