• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Lady Jackets fall to Franklin County 46-42

ABBIE HUDSON attempts a shot over a Lady Flyer defender in the second half of the Lady Jackets’ loss on Friday, Dec. 8. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School girls' basketball team lost a nail biter 46-42 at home to The Franklin County Lady Flyers on Friday, Dec. 8. The Lady Flyers trapping style defense gave Woodford fits on the offensive end and played a large part in their success. The Lady Jackets struggled from the free throw line in the game but especially down the stretch.

“Right now I am telling the girls to focus on the next shot,” said Coach Steve Jaco. “The picked up their pressure on us and kept us from attacking the basket. We are at our best when we are attacking. We'll be alright, we learned some good lessons tonight and I am sure that we will come back fighting. We will practice going hard to the basket and being physical. It's what we need to do to be successful. They kept us from getting Enlow the ball in the paint and we need to be able to find her because she is so tough down low. She still had a triple-double the hard way tonight with 10 blocked shots.”

The game started off with a fast pace. Both teams were trying to push the ball down the court and Enlow went to work in the post scoring the opening two points. Franklin responded with a three-pointer and immediately began to trap the Lady Jackets. Senior Peyton Rose broke the pressure and found Enlow in the paint for an easy two points. Both teams struggled to make shots in the first quarter and a late Lady Flyer three-pointer gave them the 8-6 at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Flyer defense was smothering Woodford to start the second quarter. Junior Nia Jaco got an offensive rebound off a missed Enlow free throw and found Sophomore Abbie Hudson for a three-pointer. The Lady Flyers continued to make their open three point shots and the Lady Jackets continued to struggle with the Franklin County defensive pressure. Jaco called a timeout after the Lady Flyers stretched the lead to nine points midway through the second quarter. The Lady Jackets trailed by eight points at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Lady Jackets started on an 11-0 run that was started with a pair of threes by Hudson and Abby Moffett. Enlow and Jaco both scored in the paint and the Lady Flyers called a timeout. The Lady Flyers turned up the pressure and forced Woodford to make mistakes on the offensive end. The Lady Jackets led by two points at the end of the third quarter.

“I think we found that we are not afraid of pushing the ball and finding spots to attack,” said Enlow. “We know we can hang with them now and that is fuel for our fire. Our coach was great building us up for the second half and we came out aggressively. We will be coming for them when we play in their gym. I think we will be shooting a lot of free throws after tonight.”

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Flyers started on a 8-2 run making a pair of three-pointers and a layup. The Lady Jackets were getting chances at the free throw line due to the aggressive defensive style by the Lady Flyers but could not convert at the line. The Lady Jackets went 5-19 at the free throw line in the game. Rose hit a three-pointer from the top of the key and the Lady Flyers responded with a pair of layups off of turnovers. The last minute of the game, the Lady Jackets had to foul to stop the clock. Moffet made a layup with 13.9 seconds to go to cut the Lady Flyer lead to two points. Franklin County made both free throws and won the game, 46-42.

“We can't stress-out when a press comes,” said Hudson.

“We also need to knock down our free throws. That was a killer for us tonight and we need to get back in the gym and work on that. Coach told us not to get down about a game like this because if we execute the way we know how, we win this game every time. We are a tight group and we will work through it and be ready to go the next time we see them.”

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