Scrappy Lady Jackets fall to Franklin County, 65-59
In the first quarter, The Lady Jackets jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first 90 seconds. WCHS junior Delaney Enlow picked up her second foul midway through the quarter, and the Lady Flyers took advantage. WCHS junior Kayla Harlow was terrific in the post scoring eight points, and had a pair of blocks defensively.
The Lady Flyers extended their lead to six points early in the second quarter, but WCHS junior Abbie Hudson hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit in half. WCHS senior Nia Jaco hit a jumper inside the arc, but the Lady Flyers responded with a pair of threes to increase their lead to seven points. Hudson was fouled scoring on a layup then hit a free throw to cut the deficit to four points. Harlow added another pair of blocked shots, but the Lady Jackets trailed by four at halftime. Harlow and Enlow scored a pair of easy baskets in the post, but the Lady Flyers were red hot from beyond the arc and continued to add to their lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Lady Jackets put up a furious rally in the fourth quarter, going on an 8-0 run. Franklin County increased its pressure at midcourt and turned the Lady Jackets over on consecutive plays to increase its lead to seven points. A pair of free throws by Jaco and a basket in the paint by Enlow cut the Franklin County lead to four points with 80 seconds to play. Woodford then began to foul the Lady Flyers, but could not overcome the deficit. Enlow had 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Lady Jackets. Harlow scored 18 points and had eight rebounds.
"I told my team that we were right there at the end and had a few chances that didn't go our way," said WCHS Coach Steve Jaco. "There has been a great amount of growth since the opening game this season. Last season, the team would have quit on the road when things went bad, but this team didn't quit, and they kept fighting. I was proud of them; if we can keep fighting, good things are coming. I know we left Franklin County with something to think about. When they come to our house, they better be ready."