• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

Lady Jackets struggle in holiday tournament

The Lady Jackets went 1-2 in the Elite Insurance Solutions Lady Lions Classic held at Garrard County Middle School. Woodford opened the tournament with a win over Madison Central 66-53. Sophomore Delaney Enlow had a terrific game with 21 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and six blocks. Sophomore Kayla Harlow also had a big night. She scored 20 points and had eight rebounds.

In the second round, the Woodford County Lady Jackets were defeated by Lexington Christian Academy 42-38 on Friday, Dec. 29. The LCA defensive pressure was enough to create turnovers in the second half and the Lady Jackets could not recover. Hot shooting from sophomore Abby Moffett in the first half kept Woodford in the game but the Lady Eagles were able to take the lead in the third quarter and hold on for the win.

“We're a bit banged up right now,” said WCHS Coach Steve Jaco. “The girls went out there and competed hard. We made some mistakes that we will need to clean up but when you are missing your starting point guard and a terrific shooter on the wing, these things will happen. We hope to get everyone healthy for next week when we go back to district play.”

The Lady Jackets scored first on a Moffett three-pointer and then junior Nia Jaco stole the ball at half court and scored on a layup to make the score 5-0. Harlow grabbed an offensive rebound and scored in the paint and the Lady Eagles called timeout. LCA scored on a pick and roll play that yielded an easy layup. Moffett hit another three-pointer to make the score 10-2. The Lady Eagles slowly fought their way back into the game with high pressure defense forcing Woodford to turn the ball over. After the Lady Eagles cut the lead to four points, Delaney Enlow made two big blocks in the final eight seconds of the quarter, which fired up the Woodford bench as the buzzer sounded.

Enlow started the scoring in the second quarter with an offensive rebound and put back. Freshman Devan Champion made a fantastic hustle play by diving into a pile of Lady Eagles and forcing a jump ball. Enlow scored again in the post and Moffett hit another three pointer that led to another Lady Eagle timeout. LCA came out of the timeout with high energy and rattled off six straight points. Moffett hit a three late in the half and the Lady Jackets led 24-17 at halftime.

The Lady Eagles crashed the boards in the second half. The first three scores of the second half for LCA came from offensive rebounds. Jaco made a terrific steal at half court and finished with a layup to settle down the Lady Jacket offense. The Lady Eagles finished the quarter on a 9-0 run and took a 32-30 lead into the fourth quarter.

Neither team scored for the first two minutes of the fourth quarter before Jaco made a jump shot from the corner to tie the game. Champion fouled out for the Lady Jackets with four minutes to play. The Lady Jackets quickly gained momentum by breaking the press allowing Enlow to score two points in the paint. The next trip down the floor, Moffett drained a three-pointer and Woodford led 37-34. Junior Savannah Karbach planted her feet and drew an offensive foul on the Lady Eagles that made the Lady Jackets bench erupt with excitement. The momentum was short lived as the Lady Eagles went on a 4-0 run to take the lead 38-37 with 38 seconds left. After a pair of missed shots by Woodford, the Lady Eagles were fouled and made their free throws down the stretch to win the game. Grace Combs of LCA was the top scorer in the game with 24 points. Moffett led the Lady Jackets with 17 points. Jaco led Woodford in rebounds with nine.

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