• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Lady Jackets win a pair at home

The Lady Jackets crushed the Richmond Model Lady Patriots 55-23 on Saturday, Jan. 20. The Lady Jackets defense was in control of the game from the opening tip. The Lady Jackets blocked 10 shots in the game and were sharpshooters from three point range.

WCHS sophomore Abbie Hudson started the game with a wide open three-pointer. Model answered with a basket off the glass to make the score 3-2. The Lady Jackets nine straight points was highlighted by another three in the corner from Hudson. Sophomore Delaney Enlow was a force in the paint scoring at will in the first quarter. Hudson hit another three followed by senior Peyton Rose hitting a three. The Lady Jackets led 22-7 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, WCHS sophomore Kayla Harlow and Enlow controlled the paint for the Lady Jackets. Both players scored a pair of baskets while adding three rebounds each in the quarter. The Lady Jackets took a 20 point lead into halftime.

The Lady Jackets started the second half on a 9-0 run and held the Lady Patriots to one point in the quarter. Hudson hit another three-pointer and sophomore Abby Moffett hit a pair of threes for Woodford.

Woodford played its entire bench in the fourth quarter. Model outscored Woodford 9-2 in the fourth quarter but the Lady Jackets won the game by 32 points.

“It was nice to get everyone some playing time tonight,” said WCHS Coach Steve Jaco. “We were able to control this one and play this game how we wanted to. We have some tough games coming up and we were able to work on some things tonight that will help us down the road.”

One night earlier, the Lady Jackets defeated the Madison Southern Lady Eagles, 64-24 on Friday, Jan. 19 at the Hive. The Lady Jackets were on fire from downtown hitting a whopping 63 percent of their three-pointers in the contest.

In the first two minutes of the game, both teams exchanged baskets and the game was tied at 8-8. The Lady Jacket defense began to pick up intensity and they were able to capitalize on Lady Eagle mistakes. Hudson drained four threes in the quarter and Enlow was dominant in the paint leaving the Lady Eagles trailing by 14 points at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Lady Eagles went on a 4-1 run, but Enlow responded with a pair of spin moves in the paint to score for the Lady Jackets. The next trip down the floor for the Lady Eagles was denied by a huge block by Enlow. Rose threw a pretty no look pass to Harlow who scored on a wide open shot in the paint. The Lady Jackets led 35-23 at halftime.

Enlow went back to work in the paint to open the third quarter. WCHS junior Nia Jaco grabbed one of her seven rebounds in the game and scored on a put back over a pair of Lady Eagle defenders. The Lady Jackets were relentless on the backboards in the third quarter, unwilling to let the Lady Eagles have a second chance at scoring. The Lady Jackets defense shut down Madison Southern in the third quarter allowing only eight points.

In the fourth quarter, The Lady Jackets continued their pressure on the defensive end and kept the Lady Eagles from making a run and getting back into the game. Moffett scored four straight points for the Lady Jackets and then Rose nailed a three from the top of the key.

“I liked our intensity tonight,” said WCHS Coach Steve Jaco. “We keep preaching intensity and the willingness to compete for the entire game and we did that tonight. I was happy to see them not let up and play like they needed to win this game.”

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