• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Jackets’ season ends with a 67-57 loss to Henry Clay in 11th Region semis

The Woodford County High School boys' basketball team's season came to an end in a 67-57 loss to Henry Clay in the 11th Region semifinals. The Jackets dominated the opening minutes of the game, but hot shooting from the Blue Devils allowed them to take the lead midway through the first quarter and the remainder of the game. The Jackets began the game on an 8-0 run with a pair of baskets from sophomore Hunter Penn and hustle plays from senior Corey George that resulted in a couple of Jacket buckets. The Blue Devils quickly responded with a pair of threes from junior Marques Warrick and a pair of layups tied the game at 13-13. The Blue Devils ended the first quarter on a 7-2 run to lead 20-15. Both teams exchanged baskets to start the second quarter. The Jackets continued to drive the ball to the basket and scored a pair of baskets by George and Penn. Woodford cut the deficit to three points a couple of times, but trailed 30-25 at halftime. The Blue Devils opened the third quarter with a pair of baskets in the paint after Jacket turnovers. WCHS junior Anthony Tabor hit a three-pointer to cut Woodford's deficit to 34-28, but the Blue Devils continued their hot shooting and increased their lead to 10. George hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut Woodford's deficit to 48-41 at the end of the third quarter. The Jackets' cut Henry Clay's lead to five points early in the fourth quarter on free throws by Penn and senior Brandon Cromwell. Woodford struggled to make shots in the fourth quarter, with the majority of their points came from the charity stripe. Cromwell was fouled attempting a three-pointer and made three free throws. WCHS junior Ashton Myles-Devore hit a three-pointer to cut Woodford's deficit to six points with two minutes left in regulation. The Jackets were forced to foul the Blue Devils to stop the clock, but Henry Clay successfully made free throws to seal the victory. George led the Jackets with 20 points, and Tabor added 14 points.

"First and foremost, my heart hurts losing this group of seniors, said WCHS Coach Ryan Wilson. " I thought it was a winnable game tonight even though we didn't play our best, but it hurts to see our kids going out like that. I wish we went out on a high note, but I am proud of what they did as a group this season and how they handled themselves this season. Our seniors layed a great foundation and made a good run in the 11th Region on our way out."

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