Lady Bears get 10-point win

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By John Shindlebower


A 10-point win at home capped a week of improvement for the Spencer County Lady Bears as they finished off the Lady Wildcats of Henry County 48-38 Saturday afternoon.
It was a game the Lady Bears thought they had control of early on, building a big lead before allowing the visitors to climb back into the game. However, some Lady Bears came up big at the end to hold off the rally and preserve their fourth victory of the year.
When Henry County hit a three to narrow the gap to four, Spencer County’s Krysten Barlow hit a three of her own to answer. Later, Kris Downs connected on a layup to stop another rally and Lauren Lambdin hit two big free throws to help ice the victory.
“The girls did a great job on Saturday,” said Head Coach David Marion. “We built a lead, let them get back in the game, but maintained enough composure to stretch the final margin back to 10.”
Downs led the way on the afternoon with 12 points with Mackenzie Myers adding 10. Barlow had seven with Alyssa Howie and Lambdin each finishing with 10 points.
The victory came on the heels of a disappointing loss at Fern Creek on Thursday night, a game in which the Lady Bears rallied toward the end but came up just short in a 65-61 decision.
Things looked promising early on as Spencer County  took a 13-8 lead on a Barlow three-pointer, but Fern Creek would go on a 8-2 run to end the first quarter with a 16-15 lead.
In the second quarter, Fern Creek extended its lead and took an 11-point cushion into the half at 36-25 and built on that early in the third quarter, going up 44-29 before Spencer County started eating away at the lead.
Two buckets by Myers cut the lead to 10 midway through the third, and a basket by Howie and a putback by Kaylan Nigh closed the gap to 52-46 to end the third.
Myers and Barlow scored buckets early in the fourth to cut it to two and the teams battled closely the rest of the way. A free throw by Barlow knotted the score at 57-57 with just over two minutes remaining, but Fern Creek was able to score at the other end and create a couple of turnovers that led to easy baskets to preserve the win.
“The Fern Creek game was a frustrating result but a great learning experience for our team,” said Marion. “We dug ourselves a big hole, but fought back to even the score late. We did not win but I think the majority of our kids worked hard throughout.”
For the game, Myers had a huge night with 29 points and 12 rebounds, but the Lady Bears also got a little balance with Nigh, Barlow and Howie each scoring eight points. Downs added four.
Marion said his girls have dropped a number of close games this season, adding that finishing on the winning end against Henry County was a good feeling. He also noted that the freshmen and JV teams have shown tremendous improvement.
“Our team has the potential to notch several more victories this season. We just have to learn how to win the close ones.”
The girls were scheduled to be at Doss on Tuesday night and will host Shelby County Friday night.

@ Doss, Tuesday 6 p.m.
Shelby County, Friday, 7:30 p.m.