Girls struggle down the stretch as postseason nears

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By John Shindlebower



A tough schedule made for a tough week for the Spencer County Lady Bears, as they dropped three of four games. They began this week with just three more games to get back on the winning track before the district tournament that begins Wednesday.
The week got off on a good note, as the Lady Bears hosted Owen County in 8th Region matchup. Spencer County went inside early to use their size advantage over the Lady Rebels. Senior Amie Conley scored six of her team’s first ten points from the paint, and Chelsea Stevens added another bucket inside as Spencer County took a 14-11 lead after one quarter.
In the second period, Lauren Lambdin hit back-to-back three-pointers to stake the Lady Bears to a 22-15 lead. Lambdin and fellow guard Alyssa Howie then converted turnovers into points as they finished up the half on a 8-0 run to lead 32-17 going into halftime.
The girls were able to maintain that lead through the third quarter. In the final frame, Owen County hit a couple three pointers to spark a rally that saw them close the gap to 46-38. A Spencer County timeout seemed to get the Lady Bears back on track, as they exploded for an 11-0 spurt, highlighted by two three-pointers by Howie.
Lambdin led the way with 21 points on the night, with Howie adding 14 and Stevens and Conley each scoring 10. Audrey Michels scored two.
The win was the sixth in a row for the Bears, but a long week was ahead of them as they went on the road to face three high quality teams.
On Tuesday, they traveled north to Walton-Verona, and dropped a 50-43 decision to a 20-win Lady Bearcat team.
Conley and Lambdin led the way with 11 points each, with Conley also pulling down 16 rebounds. Lambdin added 11, Howie scored eight, Stevens had seven and Haylee Cox, Emily Sibert and Michels each had two.
On Thursday, they traveled to Franklin County and dropped a 58-50 decision, and they wrapped up a long week on the road at Conner in northern Kentucky, and fell 71-50 on Saturday.
They were scheduled to be back on the road Monday to take on a good Bardstown team, and were to play their final home game Tuesday against Bethlehem at 6 p.m. They’ll wrap up the regular season on Friday night when they travel to Bullitt Central for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
The Lady Bears will begin postseason play in the 30th District Tournament, hosted by Shelby County, when they go against Collins next Wednesday at 6 p.m.