• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Jackets lose to W. Jessamine; crush Western Hills

WCHS JUNIOR ANTHONY TABOR glides past a Western Hills defender in the Jackets’ 68-40 district win on Feb. 1 at Woodford County High School. (Photo by Bill Caine)

WCHS SOPHOMORE SHAWN PERKINS fights for a rebound with a Western Hills defender in the Jackets win on Thursday, Feb.1. See story on p.10 (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School boys' basketball team was defeated by the West Jessamine Colts, 62-50, on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The Colts went on a 15-0 run in the second quarter and the Jackets were unable to recover. The Jackets lost earlier in the season to the Colts at the Woodford County Invitational.

The two teams exchanged baskets to start the game but West Jessamine's defense created turnovers that led to easy baskets in transition. WCHS junior point guard Anthony Tabor scored the final seven points of the quarter to give the Jackets a one point lead.

The Colts caught fire in the second quarter hitting four shots from long distance including three from West Jessamine sharpshooter Chance McCollough. WCHS junior Ben Nash put an end to a 15-0 Colts run by hitting a three from the corner, but the Jackets trailed by seven at the half.

The Jackets turned the ball over on the opening possession of the second half leading to a West Jessamine layup. The Jackets offense sputtered in the third frame and only managed six points. Woodford trailed by 11 heading into the fourth.

WCHS juniors Brandon Cromwell and Corey George scored six points each in the fourth quarter but the Jackets were unable to stop the Colts fast break offense. George led the Jackets with 14 points in the game. Cromwell had 13, Tabor scored 12 and Nash had 11. The Colts were led by Drew Cook who scored 17 points including 8 for 8 from the free throw line down the stretch.

Western Hills

The Woodford County High School boys' basketball team beat Western Hills in a district matchup on Feb. 1 at the Hive. The Jackets were led by Cromwell who was on fire in the first half, hitting four three-pointers. The Jacket defense forced nine turnovers in the first quarter and continued to pressure the Wolverines the entire game.

“I think we did a much better job of sharing the ball tonight,” said WCHS Coach Ryan Wilson. “When we share the ball we are a pretty tough team and we certainly shoot the ball better. “We charted a few things tonight and we touched the ball 30 times in the first half. That was indicative of our lead and I am proud of how they shared tonight.

Cromwell scored the first five points of the game and Nash made a three-pointer. Western Hills was scoreless for the first six minutes of the first quarter and trailed 11-2 with a minute to play. Cromwell added another three and the Wolverines hit a three as time expired. The Jackets led 14-5 after one quarter.

Cromwell continued to dominate the game in the second quarter. After a long three-pointer made by the Wolverines, Cromwell scored the next five points by making a three and shooting a pretty floater over three Western Hills defenders. George was fantastic on the glass for the Jackets. George fought for a loose ball and was fouled while scoring in the paint. George made his free throw to push the Jacket lead to 17 points. Tabor scored and was fouled on a layup and crashed to the floor. Tabor got up slowly but made the free throw and stayed in the game. The Wolverines went on a quick 6-0 run, but the Jackets answered with a basket by Cromwell and a three-pointer by Tabor just before half. Woodford led by 18 at the break.

In the second half, the Wolverines came storming back in the game with an 8-0 run. After a Woodford timeout, the Jackets closed the third quarter on a 10-2 run. Cromwell and Tabor scored on layups and sophomore Shawn Perkins scored on a jump shot. Senior forward Jayden Hamilton hit a three from the top of the key and sophomore Sidney Mudd also hit a three. The Jackets ran down the clock in the fourth quarter and won by 28 points.

“Right now we are just trying to polish up some of the things that we do,” said Wilson. “Everything we do is to get us ready for the district tournament. Our schedule is brutal, but we like that. We want to be pushed and be ready for tournament time.”

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