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Coach Jacob Barmore knew the wins would be few and far between this season, so picking up a road victory at Louisville Brown was enjoyable Saturday, but not unexpected.
Barmore said there are a few teams on this year’s schedule that are comparable to Spencer County given the Bears’ inexperience and youth, and said those are the games his boys need to claim. On Saturday afternoon on a cold day and in a cold gym, the Bears did just that, even though they had to rally to do so.
“Our guys are fighting to get wins. Brown is a team very comparable to us in a lot of ways, therefore it was big for us to pull out a very hard fought win,” said Barmore.
“I was proud of the boys’ never-give-up attitude, even when we were down in the fourth quarter to come back and win.”
Sophomores Logan Dunbar and Trey Wyatt continued to carry the Bears and fellow sophomore Brian Thacker was credited by his coach for coming up with some big defensive stops late in the game.
The win pushed Spencer County’s season record to 5-15 on the year, after suffering two losses earlier in the week.
On Tuesday, the Bears had one of the best offensive showings of the season but dropped a 82-72 decision at home to a Larue County team that had suffered only one loss on the season.
The Bears fell behind early, trailing 16-10 after one quarter and was looking at a 66-43 deficit entering the final quarter. But the Bears didn’t lay down, and outscored the visitors 29-16 in the final frame to make it a much more respectable ending.
For the game, Dunbar paced the Bears with an impressive double-double, hitting for 28 points and grabbing 19 rebounds while Wyatt scored 20 points. Brian Thacker chipped in with 13 points. Eighth-grade point guard Brandon Miller added five points while Stetson Baird and Konner Barlow each scored two points.
On Thursdsay evening, the boys traveled a few miles south to Mt. Washington to visit old rival Bullitt East. It took almost four minutes for either team to light up the scoreboard in the first quarter, but the host Chargers were able to capitalize on several Spencer County turnovers and raced out to a commanding lead on their way to a 103-53 victory.
The Chargers connected on 16 3-pointers during the game, including eight by one player, many of those coming in the final quarter.
“Bullitt East is a very good team and they are to be commended on the great night they had,” said Barmore. “We were a little outmanned in that game and those games come along sometimes.”
“Obviously, our inability to guard the three hurt us quite a bit.”
The Bears get a bit of a break as they will not return to action until this Friday night when they host Atherton. Next week, they’ll travel to district rival and one of the 8th Region’s best teams in Anderson County and next Friday, will travel to Bullitt Central.