Sometimes basketball is a pretty simple game.
One team hits its shots, one team doesn’t, and that decides the outcome.
On Wednesday Woodford County’s boys team came out red hot and rode its fast start to a 66-37 win over Western Hills in the 41st District tournament Frankfort Convention Center.
The Yellowjackets (20-11) will play Franklin County Friday for the district championship.
Western Hills didn’t want to run with Woodford County and went with a more patient offense, but the Yellowjackets hit three 3-pointers in less than three minutes and were ahead 15-2 just 3½ minutes into the game.
“They shot the ball well and took us completely out of our game plan,” WHHS coach Steve Wooldridge said.
By the end of the first quarter Woodford had hit five 3-pointers – two by David Greenwell and three by William Starcher – and the Jackets led 23-7.
“We talked before the game about their shooters, and we talked about No. 4 (Starcher),” Wooldridge said. “He’s hurt us before.
“They’re a good team,” he added. “They shot the ball well and we didn’t shoot well. That took us out of our offense and out of the game.”
Woodford kept it going in the second quarter, building a 41-17 lead by halftime.
At the end of the third quarter the Yellowjackets were ahead 56-29.
Woodford’s largest lead was 33 points, 64-31, with 2:49 left in the game. Western Hills scored six straight points before the Jackets closed out the game with two free throws.
WCHS had four players in double figures, led by Greenwell with 19 points. Starcher finished with 16, Jay Johnson had 13, and Rodney Gross chipped in 11.
Ryan Barrass and Logan Curry both scored 10 points to lead Western Hills (5-24).
“My team played hard, as hard as they could,” Wooldridge said. “Our juniors stepped up and played hard. Will Davis has been working really hard.
“All our seniors played well,” he added, “and you can’t say enough about Ryan.”
Barrass, the team’s leading scorer, is one of seven seniors on Western Hills’ team. The others are Curry, Grant Hughes, David Goodman, Austin White, Jacob Benton and Jordan Kendall.
WESTERN HILLS (37) – Ryan Barrass 10, Logan Curry 10, Kevin Booth 6, Will Davis 2, Robby Fox 2, David Goodman 2, Seth Roush 3, Grant Hughes 2.
WOODFORD CO. (66) – Kyle Howell 2, William Starcher 16, Curtis Ham 2, Addison Hollin 3, Jay Johnson 13, Rodney Gross 11, David Greenwell 19.