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Lady Bears give best effort, but fall 62-59 to Shelby

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By John Shindlebower

The Spencer County Lady Bears took a tough 62-59 district loss on the road at Shelby County Tuesday, but may have gained some confidence in what first-year coach David Marion described as their “best performance by far this season.”

The Lady Bears got off to a good start, racing out to a 13-8 lead after the first quarter, but then went cold as the Lady Rockets went on a tear in the second quarter. Shelby County outscored Spencer 18-6 in the second frame to take a 26-19 lead into the half.
They built that lead by seven more in the third quarter and it looked as though Spencer County would quietly accept its seventh defeat of the season. However, Coach Marion’s squad responded with a furious rally in the final quarter.
They scored 30 points in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to three before the buzzer sounded. Despite the loss, Marion came away mostly pleased.
“All of them are tough losses. But we played a really good game,” he said. “That loss was better than any of our four wins in the terms of quality of play.”
Mackenzie Myers led the way with 27 points and eight rebounds while MacKenzie Keown was sharp from the outside, connecting on three 3-pointers on her way to 14 points. Krysten Barlow added nine points and seven rebounds and McKenna Pfeiffer had five points and five assists in what Marion called her best game of the year.
The girls will be playing in the Whitefield Academy holiday tournament beginning Thursday and will be playing their first home game since late November when they host Trimble County on Jan. 5 at 2:30 p.m.