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Spencer girls face tough start to season

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By John Shindlebower

The Spencer County Lady Bears are off to a tough start to their 09-10 season, sporting an 0-5 record through the first week of action, a week filled with some stiff competition and hopefully some lessons that will pay off as the season goes on.

The girls traveled to Bardstown last Tuesday to open the season and dropped a 56-34 decision to the Lady Tigers.

Spencer County actually held a 10-7 lead after one quarter, but a 20-9 run in the second period sparked the host team as they took a 27-19 lead into the locker room. The Lady Bears managed only 4 points in the third quarter, which sealed their doom.

On the night, Chelsea Gross led the way for the Bears with 17 points and six rebounds while MacKenzie Myers added seven points and five rebounds. Jayme Thomas added six points and Sydney Spencer chipped in with four while Ashley Wiley dished out four assists.

On Thursday, the girls traveled to Frankfort to take on the Lady Wolverines of Western Hills. This was a close game throughout, but one the Lady Bears couldn’t steal away on the road as they fell 47-45.

Spencer County fought back from a 30-25 halftime deficit to make it nip and tuck in the second half, but couldn’t get over the hump. Gross led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jayme Thomas had 13 points and four rebounds. Myers chipped in with five points and six rebounds and Sydney Spencer added four points and eight rebounds. Elizabeth Whitely added two points. Ashley was credited with seven assists.

Over the weekend, the girls traveled to Meade County for three games, dropping the first to Lexington Dunbar, 80-25.

The Lady Bears were out of this game early as the Lady Bulldogs built a 22-6 lead after one quarter and cruised for the easy victory. Thomas led the way for Spencer County with 8 points and five rebounds while Gross added seven points and seven rebounds. Myers added four points and Spencer and McKenzie Keown each scored three points.

On Saturday, the girls matched up against Edmonson County in their first game, and it was a low-scoring but close affair during the first half. The Lady Bears trailed 15-14 at the intermission, but a miserable third quarter saw them outscored by four and they went on to lose, 38-30.

McKenna Pfeiffer led the way with 12 points while Thomas chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds. Spencer added five points and four rebounds and Gross had three points and 10 rebounds.

Poor shooting doomed the Lady Bears as they shot just 12 of 50 from the floor.

Even worse shooting would be experienced in the second game of the day as the Lady Bears fell hard to Meade County by a score of 80-32. The host Lady Waves jumped out to an early 23-7 lead and never looked back, while the Lady Bears struggled to put the ball in the basket, making just 9 of 61 attempts.

Gross led the way for Spencer County with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Thomas added 10 points. Pfeiffer added four points while Whitely chipped and Myers each recorded two points and six rebounds apiece. Spencer also scored two points.

The Lady Bears will return to action this Saturday when they host district rival Anderson County at 1:30 p.m.

They will then travel to North Bullitt on Tuesday and be back at home on Friday night for a game with Fort Knox.

(Thanks to Paul Gross for help in compiling stats for these games.)