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By Steve Gettinger

The Spencer County Lady Bears snapped a seven game losing streak with a 71-51 victory over visiting Owen County last Monday night in Taylorsville.
The Lady Bears played their most complete game of the season according to Coach David Marion, an assessment he said was backed up by stats. They shot a season-high 50 percent from the field and connected on six three-pointers. They hit 13-17 from the free throw line and Marion said he was most pleased with his squad committing only seven turnovers.
“When you value the basketball, shoot a good percentage from the field, and play great defense on the other team’s best player, you usually come out on top,” he said.
While Spencer County focused on stopping the Lady Rebels’ top scorer, Owen County set out to do the same on the Lady Bears’ MacKenzie Myers. They kept Myers in check for much of the first half, but 7th grader Alyssa Howie stepped up to fill the void, scoring 16 points in the first half.
With another player to be concerned with in the second half, Owen County couldn’t focus solely on Myers in the second half and she made them pay.  She got the ball often after halftime and made good use of it, scoring a game-high 30 points to go along with Howie’s 20 points. Krysten Barlow also had a good night, scoring nine points.  Lydia Tackett added four points with Nicole Bush and Lauren Lambdin each scoring three and Kaylan Nigh adding two.
Marion credited Barlow and Nigh for clamping down on Owen County’s best player on the defensive end.
The girls were back in action on Wednesday night when they welcomed in North Oldham. The Lady Mustangs left Taylorsville with a 52-39 win in that contest.  It was a very poor offensive showing for the Lady Bears, who made just seven shots from the field all night and scored 24 of their points from the charity stripe.
Myers led the way with 10 points and Howie added nine with Barlow chipping in with eight. Lambdin scored six points, Anna Keeling added three, Nigh had four and Tackett added one.
The girls were to host North Bullitt on Monday night and were to travel to Henry County on Wednesday before wrapping up their regular season Thursday against Brown.