Lady Jackets fall to Dunbar on senior night
The Lady Jackets hung around for the first three quarters, but fell short in their comeback bid against the Paul Laurence Dunbar Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday, Feb.14. Dunbar's Mashayla Cecil scored a game-high 35 points and in the process became the all-time leading scorer in Fayette County girls' basketball history. The Lady Jackets celebrated senior night and honored Breanna “Boo” Hysell, Carrie Collins and Peyton Rose before the game.
“I can't say enough about these girls,” said WCHS Coach Steve Jaco. “They are tremendous young ladies that will become great citizens in our community. I really look forward to seeing what they all do in the future.”
WCHS sophomore Abby Moffett started the game by nailing a three-pointer but Cecil answered on the other end for the Lady Bulldogs. Rose scored on a layup but Cecil scored at the line to even the score. Moffett added another score from beyond the arc but the Lady Bulldogs continued to find their scorer and the game was tied at 14 after one quarter.
The second quarter was sloppy with neither team able to keep possession of the ball. Enlow scored a pair of baskets in the low post but each team could only manage six points and the score was tied at 20-20 at halftime.
Moffett opened the third quarter by hitting a long three-pointer and Cecil drew a foul while attempting a layup. WCHS sophomore Kayla Harlow came off the ebnch and provided a spark for the Lady Jackets. Harlow grabbed an offensive rebound and scored over a pair of Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Jackets trailed by three in the final seconds of the quarter when Cecil hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to grow the Dunbar lead to six.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Jackets went to Enlow in the paint on their first possession and Enlow scored on a terrific post move. Cecil responded with a basket from long range. After another score by Enlow, the Lady Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run and grew their lead to 11 points. Dunbar made their free-throws in the final minutes to maintain its lead. The WCHS student section started a “We want the seniors” chant and Jaco emptied his bench to give the seniors one final time on the home floor together. In the final seconds of the game, Hysell hit a long three-pointer and the gym erupted with applause. Hysell, Rose and Collins embraced at half-court as the game ended.
“It's crazy how fast these years have gone bye,” said Hysell. “These girls mean so much to me and I am so glad that I have so many great memories over the years.”