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Sharp shooting helps Lady Bears keep it close

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By John Shindlebower

Junior MacKenzie Smith sank five three-pointers but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Bears dropped a tough 60-49 decision to Bullitt Central at home on Friday night.

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Smith, who missed much of the first part of the season with an injury, has given the girls some much needed scoring for a team that has struggled at times on the offensive end. Those struggles looked to get even worse after the team lost two experienced players a couple of weeks ago, but the Lady Bears have had two of their most competitive games in their last two outings, a narrow loss at North Oldham and then Friday’s loss to the Lady Cougars.

Bullitt Central opened things up by building an 11-6 lead, but Spencer County rallied in the second quarter to actually take a 22-21 advantage into the locker room. However, the second half belonged to the Cougars as they pulled away in the third quarter and hung on to even their season’s record at 10-10.

Spencer fell to 3-14 on the season but Coach Daniel Cox’s squad shows no sign of giving up on the season.

The girls actually are showing some scoring balance with Smith able to knock down the shots from the outside and 8th grader MacKenzie Myers continuing to improve in the paint, but who is also capable of hitting a three, as she did Friday night. Their most versatile player, senior Jayme Thomas, has proven effective hitting the jumper but also driving inside for some tough baskets and the team can also count on getting baskets from junior point guard Sydney Spencer and McKenna Pfeiffer.

In Friday’s game, Smith led the way with 17 points while Thomas added 12, Pfeiffer scored nine, Myers added 8 and Spencer scored three.

The Lady Bears were to be back in action tonight when they will travel to Carroll County and will be at home this Friday to face Henry County. On Saturday, the girls will host Lynn Camp and they’ll welcome in Eminence on Tuesday evening.