• Thomas Mims, Woodford Sun Staff

Jackets and Colonels meet again - Woodford faces Oldham County Thursday to open 8th Region tournamen

Rematches have been the theme of the postseason so far for the Woodford County High School boys’ basketball team. The Jackets began their quest for a Sweet 16 berth with a 58-48 win over Spencer County last Wednesday. In Friday night’s championship game, they lost to Collins for the second time this season, 65-43. Thursday evening, they’ll take another shot at Oldham County. This time though, it’s the Jackets who won the first meeting. Woodford County’s 71-66 overtime win in December’s Mack Calvert Classic at WCHS was one of the Colonels’ three losses this season on their way to a 28-3 record and the 29th District championship. Oldham County will get the chance to avenge that loss in New Castle at Henry County High School. Woodford’s victory over Spencer County in the 30th District semifinal was sparked largely by senior guard Ashton Myles-Devore and junior forward Hunter Penn. The duo combined for 39 of the Jackets’ 58 points while seniors Dylan Blevins, Jared Courtney, Riley Gardner and Anthony Tabor each added four points. Penn and Myles-Devore were efficient, shooting a combined 15 of 21 from the floor. The Jackets shot just two free throws in the win, as they ended the Bears’ 10-game winning streak. The 30th District championship game with Collins was a similar result to the regular season contest the teams played, even with Penn available for the Jackets this time around. Collins’ Marcellus Vail scored the first nine points of the game and took home tournament MVP honors, even outshining teammate and potential Kentucky Mr. Basketball Dayvion McKnight. Penn, Myles-Devore and Courtney were named to the All-Tournament team for WCHS. The championship game was a sloppy one for the Jackets. Turnovers bogged the offense down in the first quarter while Collins built a 15-7 lead. The Titans’ largest lead of the first half was a 28-16 advantage immediately after Penn’s third foul with 2:57 left in the half. The 14th ranked Titans pulled away in the second half to claim the championship. The Jackets’ Thursday night region tournament opener is at 6:30. The Colonels enter as winners of four straight and 19 of their last 20. Four players average double-digit point totals for Coach Coy Zerhusen.

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