• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Jackets' season ends in Region 11 opener

WCHS JUNIOR ANTHONY TABOR attempts to score over a Lafayette defender  in the Region 11 opening round on Thursday, March. 1. (Photo by Bill Caine)

WCHS JUNIOR BRANDON CROMWELL glides by a Lafayette defender in the second half of the Jackets’ loss in the Region 11 tournament.  Woodford finished the season with a 17-14 record. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School boys' basketball team saw its season come to an end on Thursday, March.1 with a 51-39 loss to Lafayette High School. The Jackets shot 36 percent from the floor and 18 percent from beyond the arc in the loss. The Generals pressured the Jackets in the second half and disrupted their game plan of sharing the ball.

“We were honest with our guys and told them we were bad tonight,” said WCHS Coach Ryan Wilson. “We were open-gym kind of bad tonight. We gave up on what we have been trying to accomplish and that was sharing the ball. We had a total of six assists tonight and that is not who we are or what we want to be. There was way too much dribbling going on for us to be successful. We can't beat anybody if that is the kind of ball game we play.”

WCHS junior Brandon Cromwell hit a three-pointer to begin the game but the Generals responded with a three-point play in the post by senior Ray Surratt. Woodford senior Nick Smith scored on a driving layup past a pair of General defenders and junior Ben Nash hit a three-pointer to give the Jackets a 8-3 lead. The Generals exchanged baskets with Woodford in the final minute until WCHS junior Anthony Tabor scored on a gliding layup as time expired in the quarter. The Jackets took a 12-7 lead into the second quarter.

Smith drove to the basket and scored on a layup to open the second quarter. LHS senior Cameron King hit a long three-point shot on the Generals first possession. Tabor scored on a terrific drive to the basket and was fouled. Tabor missed the free throw and resulted in a fast break by the Generals for an easy layup. King hit another shot from beyond the arc late in the quarter and the Generals led 21-20 at halftime.

King opened up the third quarter with a three-point basket but Smith responded with a coast-to-coast layup for the Jackets. Surratt was tough in the post, scoring on a spin move and dunk and adding another lefthanded score over a pair of Jacket defenders. WCHS junior Corey George scored his only basket of the game late in the quarter and Smith added a free-throw, but Lafayette led by eight after 24 minutes.

The Jackets started the fourth quarter on a 4-0 run, but the Generals responded with a 8-0 of their own and led by 12 with four minutes to play. George hit a pair of free throws and the Jackets immediately went into a half court press. The Generals beat the press and scored on a layup. Smith scored back to back baskets to cut the deficit to 10 points, but the Generals made their free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

“After we talked about tonight's performance we picked them up a bit and told them how proud we were of their progression this year,” said Wilson. “We were second in the WCI, we won the Montgomery County tournament and also were district champions. There are some really good wins on that list. Hopefully, we can come in a little hungrier next season and see how far we can go.”

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