Ladies drop close game to Spencer

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By Kristin Beck

Spencer County’s inside post play and ability to get to the free throw line earned them the W in a tight game against the Carroll County Lady Panthers Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Lady Bears’ sophomore MacKenzie Myers scored 17 points and hit 9-14 free throws. The Lady Panthers guard/forward-hybrids did their best to battle with her on the inside, but Myers was just too strong to handle.

“She just dominated the inside and we didn’t put a body on her enough,” head coach Randy Mefford said. “We didn’t block her off the board, and she just had her way inside, and we ended up fouling her and she was strong.”

As a team, Spencer hit 14-23 free throws, compared to Carroll’s 4-6. That free throw differential was the difference in the game, as the Lady Panthers hit more field goals (13 vs. 9) than the Lady Bears, with both clubs shooting a dismal 23 percent.

The Lady Bears led 14-10 at halftime. Down 18-10, Carroll took a timeout and got things back in to gear. Senior Brittany Arvin scored a three-pointer, and on the next possession, sophomore Makena Kindoll stole the ball and passed to Arvin for a layup. Following a Spencer timeout, the Lady Panthers switched roles as Arvin stole the ball and passed to Kindoll for a layup. A few plays later, Carroll took the lead off of an Arvin offensive rebound and putback, 19-18.

At the end of the third quarter, the Lady Bears had regained the lead, 23-21.

Myers took over in the fourth, hitting a jump shot on their first possession of the quarter and nailing 6-8 free throws to keep a Lady Panther come-from-behind-victory out of reach.

Mefford said the referees letting the girls play worked to Spencer County’s advantage. “I’m not complaining about the officials, but it’s a thing called toughness. We’ve got to get tougher and be more physical to be able to guard a player like that on the inside. But I give Spencer County credit. They worked hard. I told the kids, we gave good effort, but we just don’t execute real good. We’ve got a lot of areas we’ve got to work on.”

In particular, Mefford noted his team needs to improve their passing and shooting, as well as their confidence in their shooting.

The Lady Bears outrebounded the Lady Panthers 43-35, but turned the ball over more times (20-12).

Mefford also said his team needs to figure out, when they are open, when to pass and when to shoot. “Sometimes they get confused on that big time. They shoot it when they’re not open and then they pass it when they are open. That’s a learning experience. And I’m playing some sophomores and some younger kids with my seniors so that’s the way that goes.”

Arvin led the team with 13 points, which she scored in the first three quarters. “I’ve said all along, she’s our hardest worker. She really does battle in there, and I’m proud of how hard she’s worked this year,” Mefford said. “She doesn’t always score the ball, but she’s at least working hard in there. It goes back to what I told them at the beginning of the year. I would rather have them try to do something and fail than to never try to do anything.”

Kindoll picked up where Arvin left off late in the game, scoring seven of her nine points in the fourth quarter.


Spencer County (35)

Carroll County (32)

B. Arvin 6-10 0-0 13, Kindoll 4-15 0-0 9, Hardesty 1-4 2-4 4, Hill 2-10 0-0 4, Groseclose 0-5 2-2 2.


Spencer County 5 9 9 12_35

Carroll County 4 6 11 11_32