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It wasn’t a merry return to the court two days after Christmas for the Spencer County Lady Bears, as they fell in their opening round matchup of the Whitefield Academy tournament to Scott High School, 83-55 Thursday afternoon.
The girls started the game flat, fell behind early and allowed the Lady Eagles to pad the score late in the game.
Midway through the first quarter, with the Lady Bears trailing 6-4, a number of miscues and turnovers by Spencer County led to easy baskets for Scott, who quickly built its lead to 14-6. Junior Mackenzie Myers tried to help the Lady Bears keep pace with a three-pointer to make it 14-9, but Scott continued to execute on offense and led after the first buzzer, 20-11.
In the second quarter, Myers opened with another three-pointer and Spencer County began to cut into the lead. After a MacKenzie Keown drive and bucket cut the lead to 23-20, Scott answered with a bucket, but then fouled McKenna Pfeiffer on a three-point shot. Pfeiffer connected on all three free throws to trim the margin to 25-23, but that was as close as Spencer County would get. It remained tight the rest of the first half but Scott executed a final play perfectly to score with one second remaining to go into the locker room with a 36-31 advantage.
In the third quarter, Scott opened up with a 10-2 run to push the lead to 46-33. The Lady Bears would put together a modest streak of their own to cut the lead to 48-40, but a three-pointer at the buzzer seemed to kill the rally and the spirits of the Lady Bears as Scott pushed the lead to 51-40 headed into the fourth quarter.
That final period belonged to Scott as they hit a number of three-pointers and seemed nearly perfect at the free throw line as the lead grew to 25 at one time. The loss dropped the Lady Bears to 4-8 on the season with two games remaining in the tournament.
For the game, Myers led the way with 27 points while Pfeiffer added 12. Keown chipped in with eight points and Krysten Barlow added four. Delicia Brown and Nicole Bush each scored two.
The Lady Bears will finally get a chance to play on their home court on Saturday when they are scheduled to host Trimble County at 2:30. It will be Lady Bears’ first home game since they opened the season in late November against Shawnee. It will be the first of eight straight home dates for the girls who will also host an Australian traveling team on Monday night at 6 and will host Anderson County next Friday evening at 7:30.