• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

Lady Jackets crush Frankfort in division showdown

WCHS JUNIOR NIA JACO battles for position under the basket in the Lady Jackets’ win over Tates Creek on Jan. 4. (Photo by Bill Caine)

SENIOR POINT GUARD PEYTON ROSE drives to the basket in the Lady Jackets’ 46-34 win at Tates Creek on Jan. 3. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County Lady Jackets defeated the Frankfort Lady Panthers, 64-38, on Friday Jan 5. The Lady Jackets were dominant in the second quarter and opened up a double digit lead. Sophomore Delaney Enlow scored 23 points and controlled the game in the paint. The Lady Panthers struggled to find an answer for Enlow's aggressive play down low. The Lady Jackets played through a physical game on the floor that resulted in many hard fouls and emotions running high.

The first quarter was sloppy and neither team was able to execute their offensive game plan. Both teams turned the ball over consistently and at one point Woodford turned the ball over on three straight possessions. Enlow scored the first points of the game when she shot over a pair of Lady Panther defenders in the post. The Lady Panthers ended the quarter on a 4-0 run to tie the game at six points each.

Senior Point guard, Peyton Rose started the quarter by driving to the basket and scoring on a layup and crashing to the floor with a pair of Lady Panther defenders. Both teams continued to struggle keeping possession of the ball until Enlow scored on a three point play in the post to spark the Lady Jacket bench and force Frankfort to call a timeout. The Lady Jackets went on a 12-0 run highlighted by a three-pointer from sophomore Abbie Hudson.

Frankfort started the second half with a 6-0 run which sparked a timeout called by Coach Steve Jaco. After the timeout, Hudson hit her second three-pointer and Enlow began to take control of the game in the paint. Enlow scored six straight points for the Lady Jackets by working the offensive boards and scoring down low. The Lady Jackets ended the quarter on a 9-0 run to bring their lead to 20 points.

In the fourth quarter, Sophomore Kayla Harlow was fantastic rebounding the ball and that led to more Lady Jacket second chance points. The Lady Jackets emptied their bench in the final minutes to allow for everyone to get playing time. The Lady Jackets have now won back to back games coming off of a rough trip to a holiday tournament. The Lady Jackets will continue district play next week when they travel to Franklin County.

Tates Creek

The Lady Jackets defeated the Tates Creek Lady Commodores, 46-34, on Wednesday, Jan 4. Woodford shut down the Lady Commodores for the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter, allowing only one point. The Lady Jackets received a dominating performance by Enlow who scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds.

Tates Creek scored the first basket of the game and the Lady Jackets opened the game with a pair of turnovers. Enlow scored the first seven points of the game for Woodford and contributed a pair of blocked shots. Harlow scored in the post to give Woodford a five point lead.. Enlow blocked another shot and raced down the court and scored in the post. Tates Creek called timeout and scored on a three pointer set up by a terrific pick made at the top of the key. Rose picked up her second foul and was on the bench for the remainder of the first half and the Lady Jackets switched to sophomore Abby Moffett at point guard. Enlow grabbed a missed shot by junior Nia Jaco and scored in the paint and the Lady Jackets led 13-7 at the end of the quarter.

The Lady Jackets continued to give the ball to Enlow in the post and she delivered with two points off the glass to start the quarter. Tates Creek scored four straight points before Enlow scored and was fouled in the paint. Enlow made the free throw. Woodford called timeout after a pair of offensive rebounds by the Lady Commodores led to baskets. Tates Creek was on an 8-0 run until Anna Manges grabbed an offensive rebound and scored. The Lady Jackets led by three points at halftime.

Tates Creek scored first in the second half but back to back scores by Enlow and Jaco sparked the Lady Jackets attack. Enlow blocked a pair of shots on back to back Tates Creek possessions but the Lady Commodores would not back down. The Jackets could not capitalize on their defensive efforts and Tates Creek kept it a one possession game. Moffett grabbed an offensive rebound and scored as time expired to make the score 30-27 after three-quarters.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Jackets defense took control of the game. Jaco had a block down low that resulted in two points by Enlow in the paint. The next trip down the floor, Enlow was fouled and a technical foul was called on Tates Creek. Rose took the free throws and made both. Harlow scored down low after grabbing an offensive rebound. Rose scored on a terrific layup while colliding with a pair of Lady Commodore defenders in mid-air. Tates Creek scored six straight points in the final minute but the Jackets held on for a 46-34 win.

“We really made a big effort to cover their shooters in the second half and it allowed us to be succesful,” said Coach Jaco. “The girls relaxed a bit in that final minute and that is something we will have to work on. When they are between the lines, they have to have intensity until the whistle blows.”

“Coach talked to us at halftime and we realized that if we were going to win this game, we had to put our hearts into it,” said Manges. “It's great having Rose back because she is such a tough competitor and she brings confidence to the team.”

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