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Too deep to escape

Published 9:57 am Thursday, January 31, 2013

Playing less than 24 hours after its double overtime win over Bourbon County, Western Hills boys basketball team found itself in a hole early against Woodford County Wednesday.

It turned out to be just a little too deep to escape.

The Wolverines rallied to within six points in the fourth quarter but fell to Woodford, 70-54, at Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium.

The Yellow Jackets, 14-9 overall and 6-0 in the district, scored the first 13 points of the game and hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter, leading 23-4 when it ended.

Woodford followed that up by scoring the first five points of the second period, extending its lead to 28-4.

Woodford County is a good team, and they shoot the ball well, WHHS coach Steve Wooldridge said. They isolate their big guy, have him set a pick, and when you switch off to help you have a small guy inside.

We knew thats what they were going to do. Its all about communication.

The Wolverines cut the lead to 15 points, 38-23, at halftime, scoring 10 points in the final 2:21 of the second quarter.

Woodford pushed its advantage to 20 in the third quarter, but WHHS closed out the period on a 7-0 run to trail by just 12, 47-35, going into the fourth quarter.

Another Western Hills run, this one for six points with four free throws from Will Davis and a jumper from ZhaVaughn Reed, pulled the Wolverines within six points at 51-45 with 5:52 left in the game.

The Wolverines were able to force turnovers during their comeback, creating scoring opportunities with their defense.

It was just man-to-man (defense) and playing hard, Wooldridge said. Weve worked on that all year man-to-man, play hard, make them hurry but us not get in too big of a hurry.

When we get the tempo going like that we need to get to the rim instead of shooting 25 footers.

Woodford followed with a run of its own, outscoring WHHS 15-1 to go ahead 66-46 with 1:35 remaining.

We played pretty well and cut the lead down, Wooldridge said, but I think we ran out of steam a little bit.

The Wolverines were led in scoring by Reed with 17 points, and Kevin Booth finished with 11.

Woodfords Eli Boggess led all players with 18 points, and Thomas Hickman chipped in 14.

WHHS is now 5-19 and 0-6 in the district.

The Wolverines will meet Woodford in about three weeks in the first round of the 41st District Tournament at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Woodford is a good team, Wooldridge said. Theyre solid, and they handle the ball well. Theyve lost a couple players but other kids have stepped up and done their jobs.

Western Hills plays its next game Saturday at Thomas Nelson in Bardstown.

WOODFORD CO. (70) Kyle Howell 6, Thomas Hickman 14, Jalen Raglin 7, Eli Boggess 18, George Cole 2, Curtis Ham 5, Chase Henderlight 7, Samuel Souers 7, Jeffrey Hamilton 2, Zachary Pohlman 2.

WESTERN HILLS (54) Kevin Booth 11, Will Davis 9, Robby Fox 1, Justin Frost 6, ZhaVaughn Reed 17, Michael Hatfield 2, Jordan White 6, Andrew Zingg 2.

Linda Younkin: (502) 227-4556 EXT 257. Email: lyounkin@state-journal.com. Twitter: @frankfortsports