Bears open play in region tournament Thursday night against Gallatin County

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By John Shindlebower

While the Spencer County Bears made history Saturday night by winning the 30th District Title, the book isn’t closed on this season and there’s at least one more chapter to write – that of the 8th Region Tournament that begins this week in Henry County.

Drawings were held for the tournament on Sunday, and Spencer County will open play Thursday night at 6:30 when they take on Gallatin County (17-11). If the Bears win on Thursday, they’ll advance to the semi-finals on Monday where they will face the winner of the Walton-Verona (15-12) and North Oldham (14-16) game. The championship game will be held on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.
While the prize on Tuesday night will be a trip to Rupp Arena for the Kentucky High School State Touranment, Barmore wants his team to focus on Gallatin County.
Barmore said it’s important for his team to realize what has already been accomplished and said the three goals they set as a team before the season have already been met.
“It really was a storybook ending to a perfect season for us,” he said, not just in terms of wins, but in terms of all the goals we set out to accomplish.”
Those included getting at least 20 wins, advancing to the region, and winning the district title.
Anything above and beyond that “is just icing on the cake,” said Barmore.
However, now that the team and the community have tasted success, there might be a craving to get something even sweeter, and Barmore will admit it’s certainly a possibility.
“We’re in the hunt and we have as good a shot as anybody,” he said when sizing up the region tournament.
While the players know what’s at stake and what could happen with three straight wins, Barmore’s job is to keep them focused game by game.
“We have to think about Gallatin County. When we talk as a team, it’s not going to be about Rupp Arena, it’s going to be about how to beat Gallatin County. We have to take it one game at a time, but the region is as wide open as it can possibly be.”