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Marshall breaks 1,000 points

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By John Shindlebower

It’s not been the holiday break the Spencer County girls may have envisioned, but the Lady Bears wound down their mid-season tournaments on a high note Monday with a big win over Bardstown that was highlighted by an individual honor.

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During the win over the Lady Tigers, senior center Kenisha Marshall recorded her 1,000th point of her high school career. The bucket came at the end of a third quarter that saw the Lady Bears overcome a sluggish first half to break the game open on their way to a 57-35 victory.

The win was the first in three games for Spencer County, who had dropped two games in a row before bouncing back for the Monday morning win over Bardstown in Campbellsville.

They ended their stint at Carroll County with a 47-42 loss to St. Henry as they were plagued by turnovers as they committed 29 miscues. Despite the errors, Spencer County managed to enter the locker room knotted up at 21-21 with the Crusaders, but two quick turnovers in the second half allowed St. Henry to get an early lead.

As the minutes ticked away at the end of the game, the Lady Bears found themselves behind and needing to foul, which allowed St. Henry to run the clock and score from the line as they were able to preserve the victory.

For the game, Marshall led the way with 13 points and 6 rebounds while Shelby Pfieffer fer added a solid game with 11 points and four rebounds, as did Jayme Thomas with nine points and four rebounds. Chelsea Gross chipped in with seven points and four boards with Lindsey Kempf and Sydney Spencer each adding two points.

After a couple of days off for Christmas, the girls were back at it over the weekend at a tournament in Campbellsville and things just got worse as they faced a 7-2 Casey County team riding high from winning a holiday tournament in Tennessee.

The Lady Rebels wasted no time in setting the tone as they raced out to a 17-7 lead as they cruised to a 61-22 win. With four starters averaging double-figures, Casey County presented a balanced attack with good shooters. However, Spencer County again was hurt by turnovers and poor shooting.

The girls trailed 34-15 at the half, and managed only seven points in the second half as the Lady Bears suffered their worst loss of the year.

Marshall did the bulk of the scoring for Spencer County, tallying 15 points and five rebounds, with Gross adding four points and Thomas chipping in with two.

On Monday morning, the girls tipped-off against Bardstown at 9 a.m. in Campbellsville and after a sluggish start, finally put together a solid half of basketball that might get them over their brief holiday skid.

Trailing 24-22 at the half, Spencer County’s resurgence started with defense, as they held the Lady Tigers to just five third quarter points. Offensively, both Gross and Thomas stepped up to take some pressure off Marshall, as the duo combined for 12 points before Marshall’s record-setting bucket came at the end of the quarter.

Marshall’s basket seemed to bring some renewed energy to the bench and the Lady Bears’ dominance in the third quarter continued into the final frame as they outscored Bardstown 17-6 in the fourth quarter to cruise to the 57-35 win.

Marshall led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Gross scored 21 points and pulled down five rebounds. Thomas added nine points and five rebounds, Pfieffer contributed three points and 10 rebounds and Ashley Wiley scored one point but dished out five assists.

The Lady Bears were scheduled to finish up the Campbellsville tournament Tuesday afternoon and will resume their schedule this Saturday when they travel to Eminence for a 3 p.m. game. They’ll be back home for a game Monday night as they square off against district foe Shelby County, and will be a home for a pair of boy-girl double-headers on Thursday against North Bullitt and on Friday against an Australian National team.

Thanks to Paul Gross for information and stats for this story.