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The Spencer County Lady Bears got back on the winning track Saturday afternoon, edging the Lady Patriots of Allen County-Scottsville 41-39.
It was a close game throughout and the Bears retook a two-point lead midway through the third quarter when McKenna Pfeiffer converted an old-fashioned three point play and then followed it up a minute later with two free throws to put her team up 27-25.
However, the Lady Patriots would tie it up on a bucket of their own before MacKenzie Smith drained a long three-pointer near the end of the third period to put the Bears back on top. Allen County-Scottsville would score as the buzzer sounded to cut the lead to 30-29 going into the final quarter.
Krysten Barlow sank two free throws to begin the quarter and MacKenzie Keown’s baseline jumper put the Bears ahead 34-31 but Allen County-Scottsvile answered with another basket to keep it a one-point game. Spencer County’s leading scorer of the season, Mackenzie Myers fouled out with over four minutes left in the game.
However, the Lady Bears built their lead to six when Pfeiffer scored on an offensive rebound and putback and Sydney Spencer hit two free throws to make it 39-33 with under three minutes remaining.
The lead was 40-35 at under a minute to play and a basket by Allen County-Scottsville cut it to 40-37 with 18 seconds left. Pfeiffer sealed the win with a free throw late, and the Lady Patriots added a shot at the buzzer to make the final, 41-39.
Pfeiffer led the way with 13 points, while Myers and Smith each added eight. Keown scored five, Barlow had four and Spencer added three.
Coach Daniel Cox said he was happy, not only for the win, but for the complete game his girls put together.
“It was the only win of the season so far that I feel like we played a whole four quarters,” said Cox of his Lady Bears, now 4-12 on the season.
“We’ve had many games this year where we have played good for one or two quarters, but could not string together four in a row.”
Saturday’s game was not the best his team has played, but he said it was one of the most consistent outings of the season.
The win also was a good bounce-back game following Friday night’s 95-45 drubbing on the road at Bullitt Central. The Lady Bears were little match for the Lady Cougars Friday night as they fell behind 57-21 by halftime and never posed a threat.
In that game, Myers led the Lady Bears with 11 points with Spencer and Barlow each adding eight and Pfeiffer and Keown chipping in with six and Spencer and Samantha Barmore scoring three each.
For the season, Cox said he’s seen improvement on offense, and said the key will be attacking the basket and drawing fouls.
“We have forced a lot of teams to send us to the foul line with our penetration,” said Cox. “Keeping this up will be a key factor in how we do in the district tourney.”
He said getting the ball to the low post is crucial, not just to Myers, but also to the guards who can position themselves low for closer shots.
However, the Lady Bears continue to fall short on defense, he said.
“We are struggling with our execution, not closing out and letting people penetrate,” said Cox, while adding that his girls are also slow to get back on defense at times.
These are things that must improve for the Lady Bears to have a chance to make any postseason noise.
The girls will be back in action on Wednesday when they host North Oldham and will be on the road Friday at Henry County and next Monday at Grant County and next Tuesday at Eminence before returning home on Feb. 11 for a game with South Oldham.