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The Spencer County Bears have improved to 4-1 on the season after sweeping a pair of games last week.
The boys traveled to Frankfort last Tuesday to tangle with the Wolverines of Western Hills and came away with a 78-53 victory.
The Bears struggled in the opening minutes as Western Hills connected on three pointers early on to help build a 13-6 lead in the first quarter. However, senior guard Brandon Miller sparked the Bears to close out the first frame with a driving bucket and then a three-pointer of his own to close the gap to 13-11 at the first buzzer.
In the second quarter, the Bears and Wolverines traded baskets much of the way until Spencer County’s inside game produced some baskets and fouls and the Bears were able to knock down some free throws. Late in the quarter, the Bears went on a 13-0 run to build a 29-21 lead, and the went into the locker room with a 31-24 advantage.
In the third quarter, it was the dominance on the boards that helped the Bears pull away. Spencer County held the Wolverines to one shot at their end, and took advantage of second and third chances on offense as they quickly built their lead to double digits 44-26 midway through the quarter. Western Hills made a little run to close out the quarter, but still trailed 49-38 to start the fourth quarter and they were never able to get any closer as the Bears pulled away.
Miller led the way scoring for the Bears with 22 points while Chris Dunbar added 18. Alex Dennis also cracked double figures with 14 ponits while Cameron Fitts added six, Josh Hollar scored five, Estevan Cordoba chipped in with four and Bridger Knotts and Trent Sheilds each added three. Justin Miller scored one.
On Saturday afternoon, the Bears were back in action against the Corbin Redhounds. The game was played at the Spencer County Middle School and the Bears got off to a quick start, building a 9-2 lead early on and at one point led by 11 early in the second quarter. Corbin was able to hit a few three-pointers and cut the lead to four at one point.
The Bears proved too tough on the inside, with Dunbar scoring baskets and hitting free throws and collecting rebounds. Spencer County went on to win 80-71.
The Bears were slated to host Nelson County on Tuesday night and will then be participating in the Sarah Barger Tournament at North Bullitt beginning Thursday.
Next week, the Bears will travel to far Eastern Kentucky where they will play four games in the Pikeville Invitational Tournament.