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The Spencer County Lady Bears didn’t have the greatest welcome home Saturday as they dropped a 67-40 decision to Trimble County in their first game in Taylorsville in over a month.
The Lady Bears took an early lead, but some excellent outside shooting by the Lady Raiders helped them establish a lead early in the first quarter. Tied at four each, Trimble County sandwiched an inside bucket between two 3-pointers during a two-minute stretch to go up 12-4. The Lady Bears would rally to end the quarter, with Mackenzie Myers hitting a 3-pointer for the Bears to close the gap to 12-10 before the quarter ended.
MacKenzie Keown then hit two free throws for the Lady Bears to knot the score at 12-12 to open the second period, and Myers converted an old-fashioned three-point play with a basket and a foul shot to put the Lady Bears up 15-14. Another 3-pointer by the Lady Raiders helped them reclaim the lead, and after Keown tied the score again at 17 with a free throw, Trimble County began a 10-2 run to open up the lead. The Lady Raiders hit three more 3-pointers in the final three minutes of the second half and took a 32-23 lead into the locker room.
Spencer County’s Delicia Brown connected on two free throws early in the third quarter to cut the lead to 32-25, but the Lady Raiders then scored eight straight points to go up 40-25 before Myers connected on another 3-pointer. However, that was the only other basket the Lady Bears would get in the quarter as Trimble County put the game out of reach by going on a 12-0 run to lead 52-28 to start the fourth quarter.
The Lady Bears got a bit of a spark off the bench from Kaylan Nigh, who hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth and added two more buckets late in the game, but it was too little, too late for the Lady Bears as they saw their record fall to 6-9 on the season.
For the game, Myers led the way for the Lady Bears with 14 points, followed by Keown with nine. McKenna Pfeiffer added eight points, Nigh had seven and Brown scored two.
The Lady Bears finished 2-1 in the Whitefield Academy Christmas Classic after dropping their opening game against Scott High School. In the second game, the Lady Bears had an easy time with Brown High School, scoring a 58-28 victory. Myers led the way in that contest with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Pfeiffer added 13 points while Krysten Barlow contributed nine points and four rebounds and Keown chipped in with seven points and six rebounds.
In the final game of the tourney, the Lady Bears beat North Oldham 55-44. Myers had a big game with 31 points and 12 rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team. Pfeiffer had 11 points and five rebounds, Keown added six points and dished out four assists and Barlow chipped in with five points and pulled down seven rebounds.
The girls were scheduled to finally play a game on their home floor Monday night against an Australian traveling team, and will be hosting highly ranked Anderson County on Friday night and will host Henry County on Saturday evening. Both varsity games will start at 7:30 p.m.