Bears moving on to district finals, first time since 1998

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By John Shindlebower

For the first time since 1998, the Spencer County Bears will be advancing to the 8th Region Tournament following a 60-47 win over Anderson County Tuesday night in the semi-finals of the 30th District Tournament at Taylorsville.
The win puts Spencer County in the district championship game on Saturday night with a chance for the school's first district tournament title since 1984. The Bears will face the winner of Thursday night's Shelby County-Collins game at 7 p.m.

Spencer County survived a third quarter rally by the Bearcats as Anderson County whittled a 14-point half-time deficit down to 31-28 after a flurry of three-pointers. Spencer County Coach Jacob Barmore called a timeout, and the Bears began attacking inside as Logan Dunbar hit a bucket and Brice Mills converted an old-fashioned three point play. Sophomore Brandon Miller hit a three-pointer later in the quarter and Trey Wyatt ended the third quarter with a drive for a bucket and a free throw to put Spencer County back on top 44-34.

From there, the Bears never looked back. Two three-pointers by Ros Goodwin pushed the lead out to as much as 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Bears held on to claim their first district tournament win in 13 years.
Wyatt led the way with 18 points while Logan Dunbar added 17. Goodwin scored nine points, Miller had seven, Mills had 5 and Chris Dunbar and Konner Barlow each scored two.

The win accomplished yet another of Spencer County's preseason goals, which was to advance to the region tournament. Spencer County is now 22-6, their best record in recent memory.

A huge crowd was on hand for the game and is expected for Saturday's championship matchup. Tickets are $6 at the door and fans should plan on arriving early to make sure they get a seat Saturday night.