• Thomas Mims, Sports Writer

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Sustained greatness in sports is difficult. There’s a reason

the term dynasty was adopted so that people might better

describe it. There was a need to differentiate “great,” and

“consistently great.” After two straight state championships

and a third straight appearance in the championship game,

it might be time to start calling the Woodford County High

School Girls Lacrosse team a dynasty.

WCHS has not lost since April 15, 2018. Over that time,

the Lady Jackets have outscored opponents by a margin of

605-153 in their 34 straight wins.

“It’s insane,” Coach Haven Buckner says as a smile

comes over her face. “It’s hard to be undefeated this long.”

Saturday night’s championship win over Lafayette was

yet another dominant performance as Woodford downed the

Generals 14-5. Leading the way were the usual suspects, as

senior leader Abbey Peterson took home MVP honors with

six goals and junior talent Brittany Sherrod poured in four

of her own. The two rank third and first in the nation in total

goals scored this season with 122 and 158, respectively.

“I couldn’t have imagined a better way to end my high

school lacrosse season,” Peterson said following her last

appearance in a Woodford uniform. Her performance all

season drew praise from Buckner, who lauded her impact

both on the field and off.

“It’s been awesome being around her. She’s an awesome

person, great kid. Super smart. I think she’s going to excel

next year at Transy. As you can see, she definitely can get

it done on the field.”

The two upperclassman stars weren’t the only ones who

scored Saturday, as sophomores Samantha Stephens (3) and

Avery McFarland (1) found the back of the net as well in a

game that saw plenty of physical play.

Buckner explained, “The game was rough in the first

half. I don’t think any other team would have come through

from that. I think they are a special team and because of their

work, they were able to push through and pull out the win.”

“I think all the girls knew what the goal was coming

in… they actually put in the work to make sure that goal

was accomplished. I think last year our downfall was that

we always had to rely on Abbey and Brittany, but this year,

what motivated them was making the team better,” added

Coach Jeffrey Faulkner.

This was no accident, Peterson pointed out. “Brittany and

I definitely took team improvement as a priority, she said.

“Jeff and Haven helped us help them too, but when you’re

out on the field, it’s just you and the girls so you have to

make sure everyone is getting better… It’s a team effort.”

This commitment to bettering the team was reflected

in the stat sheet as well. Sherrod finished as the national

points leader with 209 by adding 51 assists to her goal

total. “Brittany is definitely a special case. She just melts

into the game. She is the game,” Buckner raved. “She put

in the time and effort. The entire team did.”This team effort was echoed by Samantha Stephens, who

noted that the turning point came during an out of state

trip to Georgia. “Last year we were told that this isn’t the

Abbey and Brittany show and that others needed to step

up, but no one really did. When we went to Georgia over

spring break, we were missing most our starters and our

goalie (Olivia Olivas) and I think at that point everyone

realized that winning isn’t as easy as standing on the side

and watching Abbey and Brittany do everything,” she said.

The driving force of most dynasties is the ability to

continually grow or change while still maintaining the

the very thing that made that team great in the first place.

Consistency without stagnation.

Underclassmen like Avery McFarland and Stephens

are poised to build on their breakout seasons, and Sherrod,

Olivas, and junior Brie Gaines return for their senior

season. The consistency will be there for a possible three-peat

in 2020.

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