Lady Bears snare first win

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SCHS rallies against hosts in first game of tourney

By John Shindlebower

The Spencer County Lady Bears picked up their first win of the season last week as they opened up play in the Campbellsville Food Pantry Classic girls high school basketball tournament, knocking off the host Lady Eagles, 51-39, on Dec. 20.

The girls fell behind early, trailing 15-11 after one quarter, but quickly surged ahead in the second quarter and led 25-19 at the intermission. The Lady Bears would increase that lead in the second half to secure the victory.

MacKenzie Myers led the way with 19 points on the night while McKenna Pfeiffer added 14 and Sydney Spencer tossed in nine. MacKenzie Smith added five points and Krysten Barlow and MacKenzie Keown each scored two points.

The win advanced the Lady Bears to the next round on Dec. 21 where they faced the Lady Lakers of Russell County.

Spencer County saw a close game early, as the team trailed by just one after one quarter, 12-11, but then the girls from Russell County broke open a close game with a 14-3 run in the second quarter to go up 26-14 at half time.

The Lady Bears played almost even during the third quarter but they never could shave into the lead and they dropped a 57-38 decision. They also lost a key player to injury when senior guard MacKenzie Smith took a blow to the head and had to leave the game early. The Lady Bears were also plagued by foul trouble early on which helped Russell establish the second-quarter lead.

Myers scored 15 on the night with Pfeiffer joining her in double figures with 10 points. Samantha Barmore scored six points while Barlow added four and Spencer chipped in with two.

In the girls’ final game of the tournament, the Lady Bears came out flat and allowed the Lady Maroons of Pulaski County to jump out to a huge first-half lead. Spencer County had trouble doing anything offensively and managed only one free throw in the first quarter as the team fell behind 23-1 after the first frame. Things didn’t improve too much in the second quarter and the girls went to the half-time locker rooms trailing 36-6.

In the second half, the Lady Bears proved much more competitive, although the game had already been decided.

Pfeiffer knocked down a 3-pointer early in the second half and that seemed to spark Spencer County offensively as they would outscore Pulaski County 14-7 in the quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, Myers converted an old-fashioned three-point play and the lead was cut to 20, but that was as close as the Bears would get and Pulaski walked out with a 56-29 victory.

Myers led the way with nine points on the night with Pfeiffer and Spencer each scoring seven. Samantha Barmore added four points while Krysten Barlow had two.

The Lady Bears, now 1-7, will return to action next Monday, Jan. 3, when they host Shelby County.