VERSAILLES - The Woodford County Lady Jackets, winners of the last three 41st District championships, got quite a scare from the Franklin County Lady Flyers Friday night at WCHS.
FCHS, which lost the two meetings between the teams last year by a combined 82 points, led late in the fourth quarter only to fall to Woodford 57-49.
Woodford, ranked 20th in the state and now 2-0, led most of the way Friday before Franklin County got back in the game with the help of good man-to-man defense.
The Lady Flyers led 49-47 with just over two minutes to go in the game. Woodford coach Jay Lucas called a timeout to set up a play.
"We thought during the timeout he'd set up a play versus man defense because that was what we had been in," FCHS coach Joey Thacker said. "So we thought we'd change things up just on that one series and run a box-and-one."
FCHS put a chaser of Woodford's Destiny Mattingly, who was the only player on her team to score in the previous nine minutes.
But it was sophomore guard Brittany Henderlight who got the ball instead, and she buried a three-pointer from the corner to give the lead back to Woodford with 2:10 on the clock.
"We didn't get out on their shooter," Thacker said of Henderlight. "So this was my fault. I should have stayed in the man-to-man because it had been working. We might have got a defensive rebound, then maybe a foul. We hit a free throw and we probably wouldn't have lost."
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