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The Spencer County Lady Bears have one week left in the regular season and it’s a last chance for them to bounce back in time for postseason play after struggling through a three-game losing stretch.
The girls came away with two losses on the road last week, including a 53-34 loss at Bullitt Central last Wednesday.
In that game, the Lady Bears simply had a hard time getting into their offense and didn’t record a two-point field goal until under two minutes left in the third quarter. What kept them in the game early on was some good outside shooting by senior guard McKenna Pfeiffer, who hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Lady Bears fell behind 13-10 after one period.
In the second quarter, Bullitt Central scored the first 12 points to essentially take control of the game and led 25-11 before another Kristien Down’s 3-pointer ended the drought. It was the only shot from the field the Lady Bears would score in the entire quarter, and Spencer County trailed 33-14 at the half.
The Lady Cougars showed they could hit the long shots as well, as they connected on two 3-pointers early in the third quarter to put the game out of reach as they built their lead to 42-14 before another 3-pointer by Pfeiffer and a two-point bucket by Kaylan Nigh to end the quarter made it 42-19.
The Lady Bears managed to score a little better in the final quarter, but were too far behind to ever pose a threat. Pfeiffer led the way for the Lady Bears with 15 points on the night with Mackenzie Myers adding eight. Nigh scored five points, Downs and MacKenzie Keown each scored three.
On Friday night, the Lady Bears traveled to Henry County for an eighth region matchup that proved to be much closer. The host Lady Wildcats took a 15-11 lead after one quarter but Spencer County clawed back in the second frame to nab a narrow one-point lead at the half, 21-20. The game remained close in the third quarter with the Lady Bears clinging to a 28-26 lead heading into the final quarter, and Henry County was able to recapture the lead and pull away, winning 41-34.
Myers led the way for Spencer County with nine points on the night with Krysten Barlow adding seven. Pfeiffer added six, Downs had five, Nigh scored four and Keown added three.
The Lady Bears will wrap up the regular season this week. They were scheduled to visit Louisville Iroquois Monday night and will host Collins tonight. On Thursday, the seniors will be honored as they host Louisville Collegiate at 6:15 p.m. and on Friday, they’ll end their regular season with a road game at North Bullitt at 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Bears will open play in the 30th District Tournament against Anderson County at Collins High School next Tuesday night at 6 p.m.