Lady Bears to host Holiday Classic

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By John Shindlebower

In years past, the Spencer County Lady Bears have traveled away from home during the holiday break for various basketball tournaments. This year, they are hosting one of their own that will also serve as a fundraiser for the program.
Coach David Marion said he is hoping for a successful tournament this year as a way to boost the program, get some quality teams to come to Taylorsville and hopefully provide area basketball fans with some entertaining hoops action.
The Girls’ Holiday Classic will be played at both the Spencer County Middle School and Spencer County High School on Dec. 20 and 21 and will include an eight-team field consisting of Spencer County, Presentation, Bullitt Central, Pulaski County, Menifee County, Metcalfe County, Prestonsburg and Estill County. Each team will play three games during the two-day event.
Marion said if the tournament proves successful, he’d like to expand it next year to include a boy’s tournament as well.
The Lady Bears started the season last week with a 72-44 loss at East Jessamine last Monday night. It was a night of cold shooting for the Lady Bears, especially from the outside as the girls went just one for 16 from the three-point line and shot just 30 percent from the field on the night as the dropped their opener.
Kristien Downs led the way with 18 points for the Lady Bears and eight rebounds, while MacKenzie Myers chipped in with seven points. Kaylan Nigh added six points, Niqua Downs scored five, Krysten Barlow added four and Alyssa Howie and Lydia Tackett each scored two.
Winter is officially a couple of weeks away, but it’s already impacted the basketball schedule. The girls home game last Friday was postponed because of weather, but they were scheduled to make it up Monday night. They will host Collins on Thursday night and will host Western Hills on Monday.