• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Jackets lose to Henry Clay and Scott County

The Woodford County High School boys' basketball team lost, 70-60, to Henry Clay Friday, Feb. 8 at the Hive. The game was close for the first half, but the Blue Devils rallied in the third quarter and the Jackets played from behind the rest of the game. The Blue Devils began the game on a 4-0 run, before WCHS senior Ben Nash hit a three-pointer to make it a one-point game. WCHS junior Anthony Tabor scored on a pair of jump shots but the Blue Devils scored a pair of baskets of their own to give Henry Clay an 8-7 lead midway through the first quarter. The Jackets led 13-9 with a minute remaining but the Blue Devils ended the quarter on a 4-0 run and the game was tied 13-13 after one quarter. The second quarter was sloppy on both sides with both teams combining for just 19 points. The Blue Devils led 17-15, but Nash hit a wide open jump shot and Hunter Penn stole the ball and found Tabor wide open for a three-pointer to give Woodford a 20-17 lead with 90 seconds remaining in the half. Henry Clay finished the half on a 6-2 run and led 23-22 at halftime. Penn scored a basket in the paint after grabbing an offensive rebound to begin the first half. The Bue Devils went on a 5-0 run, but Woodford scored eight straight points to take a 35-31 lead with four minutes remaining in the third quarter. After the teams exchanged baskets, Henry Clay closed the quarter on a 10-0 run and led 47-39 at the end of the third quarter. Woodford went on a 7-2 run to begin the fourth quarter, but the Blue Devils rallied with a 6-0 run and held off the Jackets in the final minutes. "I put this schedule together for us to play for a reason," said WCHS Coach Ryan Wilson. "In order to win a championship, you have to compete against a Scott County and Henry Clay back to back. I think we can learn something from this week and we will regroup on Monday to see what we can do. We have senior night coming up, and it's our last regular season home game. Scott County The Jackets suffered their worse loss of the season Thursday, Feb. 7, falling to Scott County, 93-56. The Cardinals smothered the Woodford ballhandlers and were on fire from beyond the arc, hitting 16-of-28 from three-point range. Scott County took control early in the second quarter and never looked back. Scott County started the game with a three-pointer from senior Diablo Stewart, but the Jackets answered with a terrific basket by senior Corey George off an assist from sophomore Hunter Penn. The game was tied 9-9 midway through the first quarter when Scott County senior Cam Fluker hit three straight three-pointers to give the Cardinals a nine-point lead. Cromwell scored in the final minute, but Woodford trailed 20-13 at the end of the quarter. Fluker nailed his fourth straight three-pointer to begin the second quarter. Scott County senior Glenn Covington then hit three from long range, and Scott County held an 18-point lead with 4:15 to play in the half. Woodford outscored the Cardinals 7-4 over the next 90 seconds, but Covington scored 11 points in the final two minutes of the half to give Scott County a 52-27 lead at halftime. The Cardinals began the second half with a 5-0 run, but George responded with an old fashioned three-point play. Tabor hit a three from the corner, but Fluker and Covington combined for three more baskets from beyond the arc and Scott County led 75-41 after three quarters. The Cardinals continued to score at will in the fourth quarter until both teams emptied their benches midway through the fourth quarter.

Cromwell led the Jackets with 14 points, and Penn had five rebounds. Fluker led the Cardinals with 29 points on 8-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc.

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