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Lady Rockets blast past Spencer

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By The Staff

Last season’s victory over Shelby County in the district tournament was arguably the biggest win for the Lady Bears in several years. The win not only was the first in many seasons over the border-county rival, but it also propelled them to the region tournament for the first time in years.

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The regular season rematch Monday night didn’t go as well for Spencer County, as the Lady Rockets used a huge third quarter to break open a close game to score a 48-34 victory.

Spencer County fell behind early 4-0, but battled back to tie the game at 6-6 when senior Chelsea Gross took a pass inside, spun toward the goal and laid it in for the tie. Shelby County would then reel off the next five points to take an 11-6 lead into the second quarter.

Gross then went to work on the inside, scoring the first eight points of the second period for the Lady Bears, the last one giving her team a trim 14-13 lead. MacKenzie Meyers would sink a baseline jumper to push the lead to 16-13, but Shelby County would convert an old-fashioned three-point play to knot the score up at 16-16 at the half.

The Lady Bears seemed intent on keeping it tight early in the second half, as Meyers scored to answer a Shelby County bucket. Jayme Thomas actually gave Spencer County a brief lead when she hit a three-pointer, putting the girls up 21-18.

The game was tied at 25-25 with just over three minutes remaining in the quarter when the tide turned. A Lady Rocket three-pointer was followed by a steal and layup. That five-point outburst sparked an 11-0 run that was halted when Thomas hit another three-pointer. However, the damage was done and the Lady Rockets held a 36-28 lead going into the final quarter.

Spencer County had chances, but five consecutive empty trips on offense squandered any hopes for a comeback. The Lady Bears didn’t score a point in the first five minutes of the final quarter, and by then Shelby County had built their lead to 12, at 40-28 and the game was out of reach.

Gross led the way with 15 points and 7 rebounds while Thomas added nine points and 7 rebounds. Meyers scored six points and grabbed five boards while Sydney Spencer scored two points and got three rebounds. Wiley dished out seven assists.

The loss drops Spencer County to 3-9 on the season while Shelby County improved to 5-9.

Despite the loss, it wasn’t a bad Christmas break for the Lady Bears, as they took two out of three and advanced to the championship game of a tournament in Campbellsville last week.

In their opening game, the girls defeated Waggener 51-35, then followed that up with a 54-35 win over Campbellsville. In that game, Jayme Thomas led the way with 21 points while MacKenzie Smith added 11 points and seven rebounds and Meyers added 11 points and six rebounds. Gross contributed nine points and six boards  and McKenna Pfeiffer chipped in with two points and two boards. Point guard Ashley Wiley dished out eight assists in the game.

In the title game against Danville, the girls dropped a 62-25 decision. Thomas led the way with 15 points and only three other players scored. Gross had four points while Myers and Samantha Barmore each tallied three.

The girls are scheduled to be back in action this Friday night when they host Bullitt East at 6 p.m. on Friday night in a girls/boys double-header. They’ll hit the road next Monday as they travel to John Hardin and will be home next Friday against Holy Cross.