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Lady Bears slow out of gate in 51-37 win over Brown

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By John Shindlebower

The Spencer County Lady Bears had a week off before returning to action Saturday afternoon in downtown Louisville against Brown. The gals looked a little rusty coming out of the gate, but were able to scrap out a 51-37 win.

It was a sluggish beginning, but senior Kenisha Marshall was able to control the boards underneath, grabbing rebounds and scoring her team’s first eight points. Louisville Brown trailed 8-4 as the clock ticked down to end the quarter, but a Brown player heaved a 35-foot desperation shot that went in to keep the game tight at 8-7.

Brown proved to be a scrappy opponent and actually led much of the second quarter, going up 19-15 with less than two minutes remaining.

However, Lindsey Kempf followed a missed shot with a put back to make it 19-17 and McKenna Pfeiffer drained a three-pointer with just two ticks left on the clock to give the Lady Bears a 20-19 half-time lead.

While Marshall did damage from the inside to open the first half, it was junior Jayme Thomas who took over the offense to begin the second half, hitting two three pointers to open the third quarter and help Spencer County cushion a lead, going up 26-19.

But Brown kept it close for a while, edging back to within one halfway through the quarter before Thomas hit another short jumper and then Marshall went back to work inside, connecting on two free throwns and later following a missed shot to push the lead back to 32-25.

In the final quarter, Spencer County’s defense began to create turnovers and they continued to pound the ball inside to Marshall and others and the Bears were able to pull away and finally secure their tenth win of the season against seven losses.

Marshall led the way with 22 points and 21 rebounds, while Thomas added 10 points and eight rebounds. Point guard Ashley Wiley didn’t score, but again made her presence known, dishing out nine assists on the evening.

Lindsey Kempf added six points, Syndey Spencer added four, McKenna Pfeiffer added three and Vicky Kuiper, McKenzie Smith and Chelsea Gross each added two points.

The Lady Bears were scheduled to return to action Tuesday night against Oldham County and will host Atherton Friday night. Next week, they will travel to Carroll County on Tuesday and to Bullitt Central on Friday.