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Repeating the same mistakes is not a recipe for success and Spencer County Lady Bears Coach David Marion saw some of those same wrong ingredients Friday night in a 58-39 loss to Shelby County at home.
“I’m sure it sounds like a broken record, but the same things continue to limit our success. We do not rebound and we do not block out,” said Marion after the loss.
“We continue to try to out-jump people, and when you play a team as big as Shelby County, that is a formula for disaster.” It happened Friday night as the Lady Rockets controlled the boards in a game that saw the Lady Bears miss numerous inside shots but rarely got a second shot.
Marion said he needs some of his players to step up and take on the selfless role of battling on the boards.
“Rebounding is the non-glamorous part of the game. You don’t get your name in the paper for blocking out. But it is something we stress in practice, work on more than we should have to at this point in the season, and continue to remind them about. Yet, in games, we will not do the dirty work.”
Spencer County kept the game close early on with Lauren Lambdin and Krysten Barlow hitting three-pointers to keep it tight through the first quarter, which ended with Shelby up 13-10.
The Lady Rockets built the lead to 17-10 early in the second before Barlow hit another three but they couldn’t match Shelby County, who hit three treys of their own in the quarter to take a 32-21 lead into the half.
Kristien Downs hit a three-pointer to open the second half for Spencer County and MacKenzie Myers hit another later in the third quarter to cut the lead to ten, but Shelby County continued to hit from the outside as well.
A three-pointer by Alyssa Howie made it a nine point game early in the fourth but Shelby County pulled away from there as the Lady Bears struggled to score from the inside.
“We shot 4 for 28 from inside the 3-point arc and it was one of our worst shooting games of the season,” said Marion. He said the defense kept the game close, but they have to start making the close baskets.
“We are getting the right shots, we just did not make enough of them.”
Myers led the way for the Bears with 14 points with Barlow adding 8. Howie added six, Downs five, Lambdin and Lydia Tackett each had three.
Marion is pleased with his young guards Howie and Lambdin and their defensive intensity, adding that he can live with some mistakes when his squad is trying to make something happen.
“I continue to think we are better than when we started. We have some young kids who are soaking up our system,” he said, but cautioned that it will take continued hard work both in and out of season to build the program. “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
The Lady Bears were to be back in action Monday at Bethlehem, at Carroll County on Tuesday and will host Bullitt Central on Friday night.