• By Thomas Mims Woodford Sun Sports

Lady Jackets win first district game

Woodford County High School girls’ basketball coach Erik Daniels earned his first win over a district opponent Tuesday night at Shelby County, when his Lady Yellow Jackets crushed Shelby County High School, 80-40. The performance came at a much-needed time for Woodford, after a 68-23 Friday night loss to one of the state’s top teams, Anderson County. “We wanted to come out and send a message,” said Daniels. “We’ve been struggling lately in the region, so we just wanted to let everybody know that we’re still able to compete.” The Jackets didn’t just compete — they dominated. Woodford County scored the game’s first 11 points with a trifecta of triples and a basket by senior Delaney Enlow. The Jackets led 19-11 at the end of the first quarter with five three-pointers including three by eighth-grader Niah Rhodes. “We made shots today, stuck to the game plan and came out on top,” said Daniels. On the way to a 50-21 halftime lead, WCHS made eight shots from behind the arc. Rhodes accounted for five of them. Rhodes, the Jackets’ youngest starter, finished the game with 18 points. The Jackets offense worked from the outside-in against the Lady Rockets’ zone defense. As the outside shots began to fall, space opened up on the interior for driving lanes and layups. After the hot start from outside, Woodford didn’t make a single three-pointer in the second half. “That’s always our plan,” said Daniels when asked if the plan was to open space inside with outside shooting, “We’ve got probably the most dominant post player (Enlow) in the region so we try to get the ball to her and feed off of her. They started to converge and helped a lot (on defense) and our guards were able to get into the paint and make a lot of plays.” In addition to her playmaking duties at point guard, WCHS senior Abbie Hudson scored 13 points to help pace the offense. Even after missing some time in the first half due to an apparent shoulder injury, Enlow contributed 11 points. The 29-point second quarter that led to a 29-point halftime lead was a true team effort. Seven Jackets scored in the quarter. An 11-0 run over a two-and-a-half-minute stretch ran the lead to 43-15 and provoked the Rockets coach to call a timeout. As she addressed her team during the timeout, the coach could be heard voicing her frustrations from across the court. After the final whistle, Shelby County players began to run the length of the court several times as an apparent punishment. Outside of Rhodes, Hudson and Enlow, Abby Moffett was the only Lady Yellow Jacket to reach double-figures. The senior scored all 12 of her points in the first half. The second half, particularly the fourth quarter, belonged to the reserves. All 12 of the Jackets who saw time on the court scored. Senior Olivia Jackson was the only player who had not scored with two minutes left in the game and after several minutes of teammates trying to help her get the elusive basket, it was Jackson who set herself up. She stole an inbounds pass and took the ball straight to the rim for an easy layup to score her eighth and ninth points of the season. Eighth-grader Maya Gudger scored three points in the final quarter to run her season total to five. Her second made field goal of the season was an effort play, as she rebounded a teammate’s miss and her own putback try before getting the shot to fall from the right low block. The win provides a much-needed morale boost ahead of Friday’s Jacketfest game against Spencer County. The last time the district foes squared-off, the teams were tied 43-43 early in the fourth quarter before Spencer unleashed an avalanche of three-pointers to bury the Jackets, 70-49. A WCHS win would tie the teams in the 30th District standings with records of 2-3. Anderson County, 68-23 loss The loss to Anderson County last Friday in Lawrenceburg was almost the complete opposite of Tuesday’s game. Like Woodford did at Shelby County, the Lady Bearcats put up 50 points on the Jackets in the first half to go ahead 50-10 before going into cruise-control in the second half. Tuesday night, ACHS took down No. 9 Franklin County 62-52 and will likely replace the Lady Flyers in the top10.

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