• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Jackets lose heartbreaker to Frankfort

The Woodford County High School boys' basketball team lost a heartbreaker to Frankfort, 66-64, in overtime at the Hive. The game was a tug of war the entire way until the Jackets rallied back to force overtime on a pair of threes from juniors Ben Nash and Corey George. In overtime, the Jackets held the lead late, but Frankfort nailed the game winning shot with two seconds left.

The game began with both teams exchanging baskets highlighted by a pretty reverse layup from WCHS junior Brandon Cromwell. Frankfort, then went on a 4-0 run prompting a timeout by WCHS Coach Ryan Wilson. Out of the timeout, the Jackets went down low to George who was fouled hard during the play. George made both free throws and the Jackets went to a press defense but the Panthers were able to break the pressure and score on a layup. WCHS junior Justin Alexander nailed a three from the left corner, but the Panthers answered with another 4-0 run. George scored the last four points of the quarter and the Jackets trailed by a point after the first eight minutes.

Cromwell and Nash each scored quick baskets to start the second quarter. The Panthers answered with a long three pointer to tie the game. Frankfort finished the half on a 7-2 run and took a 26-23 lead into the half.

In the third quarter, Cromwell missed a long three-pointer but grabbed his own rebound and scored on a layup. WCHS junior Anthony Tabor was fouled hard the next time down the court and missed both free throws. The Panthers made a long three and Nash responded with a three for Woodford. Frankfort's John Tillman scored on a three-point play late in the quarter. The Jackets trailed by three heading into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter was played at a fast and furious pace. The Jackets tied the game at 39 with a three-pointer. The Panthers scored on a fade away by Juanya Frank and then a techinical foul was called on the Panthers for arguing with an official. Nash missed both free throws. On the next Panther possession, Frank scored in the paint and was fouled. He then completed the three-point play to bring the Panther lead to five points. Tabor scored four straight points to bring the Jackets within a point of Frankfort. The Panthers slowed down their offense late in the game and the Jackets were forced to foul. The Frankfort lead was eight points when the Jackets called timeout. Cromwell scored on a pair of free throws and then George stole the ball and made a pass to Cromwell, who scored on a jump shot. The Jackets trailed by four points with 58 seconds to play. WCHS junior Ryan Duke stole the inbound pass and he found Nash in the corner. He nailed a three-pointer to cut the Panther lead to one point. Frankfort made a pair of free-throws to push their lead to three points, but George made a three-pointer with 25 seconds to play, tying the game 55-55. The Panthers held the ball for the last shot but missed to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, each team scored a pair of baskets to make the score 59-59. Cromwell made a three-pointer and Frank responded with a fade away jump shot and a pair of free throws. On the next Panther possession, Nash stole the ball and was fouled. He made both free-throws to give the Jackets a 64-63 lead with 13 seconds to play. Frank hit the game-winner for Frankfort from downtown with two seconds left. The Jackets attempted a desperation full court shot which was off the mark to end the game.

“I thought our guys battled hard tonight,” said Wilson. “ That was pretty special to come back from eight points down in the final minute or so of this game. The coach in me knows we shouldn't have been in that position though. I think this game gave our guys a lot of confidence and they know they can play with anyone. It was a great atmosphere to be part of. I thought Jayden (Hamilton) was someone we praised after the game. He was tough for us down low tonight. We were happy with what Dylan Blevins gave us tonight. He was in the game for three seconds but his pressure on the inbounds pass allowed us to get back in this game.”

Collins

The WCHS boys basketball team was defeated 61-41 at Collins High School on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The Jackets were unable to fight off a terrific night from Jacob Feltner of Collins who scored 23 points including seven three-pointers.

In the first quarter, Feltner scored 12 points on four three-pointers and fellow senior Nick Fort added six for the Titans. Cromwell and Nash each had a three-pointer for the Jackets and George added six points.

In the second quarter, Cromwell scored another three-pointer for Woodford but the Jackets offense stalled out for only 10 points. Collins continued their hot shooting in the second quarter and took a five point lead into the half.

Feltner continued his hot shooting in the third quarter, hitting a pair of threes. The Jackets were only able to muster a pair of baskets and two free throws in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, The Titans pulled away from the Jackets, outscoring them 20-11. Tabor scored five points in the final quarter including three free throws. The Jackets were unable to stop the Titan hot perimeter shooting surrendering a total of 10 three-pointers.

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