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For a young team like Spencer County, any confidence builder can be a valuable tool. But last week’s 65-49 loss to Shelby County was enough to give at least a glimmer of hope for Coach Jacob Barmore’s squad as they hit the final stretch of the season before squaring off against those same Shelby County Rockets next Wednesday night in the opener of the District Tournament.
While the score may indicate a different story, the Bears actually competed well with the Rockets, especially in the second half.
“I think that we definitely showed that we can compete with Shelby in spurts of the game we had at home,” said Barmore.
“It will be a good test for us to see if we can play well enough on the road to get the district win.”
While Spencer County followed up last week’s game with Shelby County with a lopsided 97-46 loss at Louisville Iroquois on Friday, Barmore said he hopes the week’s final season will allow his young team to get back on track heading into the postseason.
“When you have such a young team, momentum is everything,” said Bamore. “If we can have a good week against Bethlehem (last night) and South Oldham (Friday night), our chances of pulling off that upset next week go up tremendously.”
He said the Bears don’t necessarily have to win both of their remaining games, but they do need to display the ability to compete at a higher level.
While sophomores Logan Dunbar and Trey Wyatt have paced the Bears much of the season, other players have stepped up at times. Brandon Miller, the 8th grade point guard had 14 points in a recent game and Brian Thacker has been a scoring threat in many games this season. Off the bench, Stetson Baird and Konner Barlow have shown the ability to shoot from the outside and Barmore said it will take a combined effort come tournament time.
“I do think we can be competitive in the first round if all players contribute,” he said. While finding offense will be important, Barmore said the key will be on defense, suggesting that they need to hold Shelby County to under 60 points.
The Bears final home game will be held this Friday night at 7:30.