VERSAILLES - In order to knock off Woodford County High School Tuesday night, Western Hills girl's basketball coach Jim Masters knew it would take a Herculean effort from his team that resulted in four outstanding quarters of play to snap WCHS' six-game winning streak.
Instead, WHHS was only able to put together two solid quarters and wound up losing to the Lady Jackets for the second time this season, 69-38.
WHHS (3-14) stayed close after the first quarter, trailing only 11-10. Then the ball seemed to deflate and the rim appeared to have an invisible barrier over it.
WHHS was stymied defensively by Woodford County (17-4) and opened the second quarter by committing five of its 30 turnovers in its first five possessions en route to being outscored 28-6 in the second frame.
Seventh grader Katy Cooke scored seven of her game-high 16 points in the quarter and the Lady Wolverines headed into halftime trailing 39-16.
"The bottom line is they came out in the second quarter and didn't do anything different really," Masters said. "It's just in our team, we made too many mistakes. We didn't get in the right position, we didn't face the floor offensively, and defensively we followed our man instead of playing toward the ball."
Masters must have somehow inspired his squad in the locker room at intermission because his team came out playing motivated basketball in the third quarter.
WHHS held WCHS to only seven third-quarter points and cut the deficit to 46-29.
However, it was too little too late and the wheels began to fall off again for Western Hills in the fourth.
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