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The Spencer County Lady Bears have a three-game winning streak heading into action this week following two hard-fought victories last week over Bethlehem and Carroll County.
Last Monday night, the Lady Bears hosted the Lady Eagles of Bethlehem and won in dramatic fashion as Delicia Brown knocked down two free throws with no time left on the clock to record a 41-39 victory.
The Lady Bears were working for a final game-winning shot when Brown grabbed a rebound and was fouled going back up for the shot as the buzzer sounded. She stepped up to the line and sank both for the victory.
It was a game the Bears nearly gave away after building a big halftime lead. Up 7-3 after one quarter, the Lady Bears added to the advantage and led 20-11 at halftime in the low-scoring affair.
The visitors from Bethlehem rallied in the third quarter to erase that lead and the teams went into the fourth quarter tied up at 30-30, setting up the dramatic finish after a see-saw final period.
McKenna Pfeiffer led the way for the Bears with 14 points with Mackenzie Myers adding 10 points and seven rebounds. MacKenzie Keown added five points and coach David Marion said her play late in the game proved vital after Myers had fouled out early in the fourth quarter. Kaylan Nigh added four points, Brown finished with three, as did Kristien Downs and Krysten Barlow added two.
The next night, the Lady Bears were again on their home court where they welcomed the Carroll County Panthers. It was a close game early on as the teams traded the lead and the Panthers held a slight 7-6 lead after one quarter. In the second frame, the Bears jumped back ahead, but only held a slim 16-15 lead at the half.
The Lady Bears broke out in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors 19-6 in the frame to hold what looked to be a commanding 35-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Panthers refused to roll over and they were able to narrow the game, cutting the final margin to six as the Lady Bears held on for a 50-44 victory.
Myers led the way with 16 points, which included three 3-pointers and Pfeiffer joined her in double figures with 13 points, most of her points coming from another impressive night at the charity stripe where she was 11-15. Keown added eight points, Nigh had six, Brown added five and Downs scored two.
The victory allowed the Lady Bears to hit double digits in the win column for the first time in four years, as they improved to 10-12 on the season.
The girls were scheduled to travel to Frankfort on Monday night and return home this Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a big district matchup against Collins. They will be at home as well next Monday night at 7:30 for a game against Grant County.