• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

Jackets' second half woes continue

WCHS JUNIOR COREY GEORGE shoots a buzzer beating three pointer against Scott County on Feb. 8. George scored 15 points in the game.  George is averaging nine points and eight rebounds per game this season.(Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School boys basketball team suffered their fourth loss in a row, 68-54, on Saturday, Feb 10 at Henry Clay High School. The Jackets received an incredible performance from junior Brandon Cromwell who scored 29 points on 7 of 9 shooting from downtown but their offense faded down the stretch as the Blue Devils took control.

Cromwell was on fire in the first quarter, hitting three from long range and scoring 11 points in the quarter. WCHS junior Corey George added seven points for the Jackets as they took a 21-18 lead into the second quarter.

The Jackets' attack fizzled out in the second quarter, as they scored only seven points to Henry Clay's 12. Despite the inconsistency on the offensive end, the Jackets only trailed by two points heading into the break.

In the third quarter, Cromwell scored seven points for the Jackets and senior Nick Smith added three. The Blue Devils hit three three-pointers late in the quarter and took a three point lead into the final frame.

In the fourth quarter, the game got away from the Jackets. A pair of threes from Henry Clay's Marques Warrick pushed the lead to 12 points. Cromwell scored six more points for the Jackets but they were forced to foul to stop the clock. The Blue Devils made 7 of 8 from the free throw line to seal the victory. Cromwell led the Jackets with 10 rebounds and George added nine.

Scott County

The WCHS boys' basketball team was defeated at home by Scott County, 60-56. The Jackets wore Midway uniforms to honor the 1937 Midway High School basketball team that won the State Basketball Championship.

The Jackets trailed by double digits early in the game, but slowly fought back into the contest.

The Jackets frustrated Scott County superstar Michael Moreno the entire night. Moreno missed four shots under the basket in the second quarter, but the heavily favored Cardinals held on for their 17th straight victory. The Jackets were led in scoring by Cromwell with 20 points and George had 15.

In the first quarter, the Jackets had an early 4-2 lead before the Cardinals went on a 14-0 run and silenced the hometown crowd. Scott County's Glenn Covington hit three baskets from long range as part of the Cardinals' run. George scored six points in the quarter and Cromwell added five,

In the second quarter, the Cardinals went on a 6-1 run that forced Woodford to call a timeout. Smith entered the game for the first time in a couple of weeks and scored in the post. With one second left in the half, George hit a running three-pointer to cut the Cardinal lead to 12 at half. Covington led Scott County with nine points and Cromwell led the Jackets with 10.

The Jackets started the second half with a 6-0 scoring run that cut the lead to six points. The WCHS gym was alive with more than half of the crowd standing and cheering on the home team. The Cardinals responded with a pair of baskets in the paint that forced a Woodford timeout. Smith scored on a spin move in the post and was fouled. The free throw was good and the Jackets cut the lead back to seven points. WCHS junior Ryan Duke stepped in front of Scott County's Cooper Robb and forced a charge under the basket. The gym erupted once more as Duke stood up clapping his hands. The two teams exchanged baskets and the score was 46-37 after three quarters.

Scott County's Diablo Stewart hit a long three-pointer to begin the fourth quarter. Duke answered with a three for the Jackets. A few plays later, Duke was fouled attempting a three-pointer and made 2 of 3 free throws. The Jackets scored at a furious pace, but the Cardinals were able to answer with baskets to fight off the Woodford attack. The Cardinals missed four free throws in the final 17 seconds to breath life into the Jackets, but the home team ran out of time. Duke hit a three as the final horn sounded.

“I don't want to take any moral victories here tonight,” said WCHS Coach Ryan Wilson. “If we played with the same intensity and toughness in the first half, we wouldn't have had to dig out of a 20-point hole. I do feel better about the kind of basketball I know that we can play. I think that our kids had a light bulb moment where they know they can play with anyone if they give their max effort.”

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