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Knocking them down 1,2,3

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By John Shindlebower

The Spencer County Bears are already halfway to equaling last year’s win total, and it’s only one week into the season. The boys took their first three games of the season, starting with an impressive 68-38 thrashing of Washington County at home last Wednesday.

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Logan Dunbar and Trey Wyatt, both scored 20 points in the opening win of the season as the Bears built an early lead and never trailed. Dunbar and Wyatt were relied on last season to contribute the bulk of the scoring for the Bears, but it looks as though there are plenty of other players capable of supporting them this year.

”I think it takes a little more time for some guys to learn to score than others. We are blessed to have some added offensive play from guys like Brandon Miller, Ros Goodwin, Konnor Barlow and Chris Dunbar,” noted Barmore.

In fact, those players and others have all proven the ability to light up the scoreboard, which will only help take the pressure off Dunbar and Wyatt.

In the Washington County game, Miller, a freshman guard, scored 12 points and sophomore Goodwin added nine. Darrin Stinnett hit a three pointer and Erico Smith also chipped in with two points.

On Friday, the Bears hosted Kentucky Country Day and Logan Dunbar scored a game high 33 points as the Bears claimed a close 55-52 victory to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Spencer County overcame a 19-13 deficit after one quarter to take a 30-28 lead at the half, then held on for the narrow victory. Wyatt added 15 for the Bears, Miller, Chris Dunbar and Erico Smith each scored one, while Barlow scored one from the charity stripe.

Monday night, the boys traveled to Louisville to take on Whitefield Academy and scored a 70-59 victory over the Wildcats.

Spencer County had to overcome a shaky first quarter that saw them trail 23-18, but fought back to take a 36-34 lead into the locker room.

Dunbar again led the way with 26 points, and the junior got a lot of help down low from his freshman brother, Chris, who added 11 points.

Barmore was also full of praise for the younger Dunbar’s defense.

“Chris was the X factor for us against Whitefield Academy, defending their 6’8” center nearly to perfection and adding 11 points off the bench.

Again, Barmore said it’s a huge plus for a team to have more than just two primary scorers.

“Having other guys that can knock down shots takes our game to another level,” he said.

Barmore said this year’s team is coming together much quicker than he expected, and while he notes there is plenty of room for improvement, said it’s nice to get off to a good start.

“I have been really impressed with our resilience throughout 32 minutes of play. This team has left all they have on the floor the entire time they are on the court. I love our team. If we say humble and understand that we have to create our own ending to every game, we can make big strides this season,” said Barmore.

It’s the best start in Barmore’s six seasons at the helm of the Bears. While improving on last season’s win-loss record is an obvious goal, preparing a team that could surprise some teams come March is the ultimate goal. Barmore knows it’s a tough district, but said after one week of action, it’s evident the Bears are on the right track.

“I can’t say enough good things about this team, on and off the court. They are great kids that are playing at a high level right now.”

The Bears were scheduled to travel to North Oldham Tuesday night, then they get a week off before traveling to North Bullitt next Tuesday. They’ll be home again next Friday, December 15 to host Fort Knox in a boy-girls doubleheader, with the boys playing at 6 and the girls tipping off at 7:30.