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Lady Bears make it three in a row; Bears come up short at Edmonson

The Butler County Lady Bears basketball team made it three in a row last night with an impressive 69-66 overtime win over 12th District rival Edmonson County at Brownsville.  The come-from-behind win was sparked in part by the Lady Bears finishing strong in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Lady ‘Cats 18-10, overcoming an 8-point deficit they faced after the third.  Meanwhile, the Bears lost another heartbreaker to Edmonson County.  Fighting from behind much of the night, Butler County rallied during the final quarter, outscoring Edmonson 25-17.  But, it wasn’t enough as the Bears ended up on the short end of a 62-61 score.

In the girls' game, Butler County had three Lady Bears in double figures to lead the team’s offensive performance.  Senior guard Shawna West led the way with 15 points, Chloe Flener had 14 points, and Callie Cardwell added 10 points.  It was only Flener’s second game back from a serious ankle injury suffered during the preseason.  The lead switched hands during the first quarter with the Lady Bears trailing 17-14.  Baskets by West, Maddie Murphy, Addison Hall and Flener during the second quarter gave the Lady Bears a 26-23 halftime advantage.  The third quarter was all Edmonson County as the Lady ‘Cats outscored the Lady Bears 23-12 to take a 46-38 lead going into the final quarter.  That lead would not hold as the Lady Bears fought back.  Baskets by Hall, White, Inscoe and Flener, along with free throws by West and Callie Cardwell kept the game tight down the stretch.  With about a minute left in regulation play, a basket by Chloe Flener tied the game at 54-54. 

With 8 seconds remaining, a pair of free throws gave Edmonson a 56-54 lead.  With 1.9 seconds on the clock, Allie Easley passed to Flener, who scored to send the game to overtime.  A key three-pointer by Callie Cardwell during the overtime period gave the Lady Bears a 61-58 advantage – a lead theu would not relinquish.  Baskets by Flener, Inscoe, and a free throw by Easley were enough to give Butler County the 69-66 win.
Edmonson County was without their head coach, Ted Hill.  Coach Hill was with his father, who is ill. 
BC    14    12    12    18    13        69
EC    17    16    23    10     8         66 
Butler County (69):  West 15, Flener 14, C. Cardwell 10, Murphy 8, Hall 8, Easley 7, Inscoe 4, White 3. 


Despite a 28-point performance by guard Rex Henderson, the Bears came up short in the nightcap against the Wildcats, 62-61.  The Bears got in an early hole, trailing by four after the first quarter and 30-23 at the half.  Edmonson County extended their lead in third quarter with two quick three-pointers. Trailing by 13 at one point, baskets by Henderson, Baylee Anderson, and Zack Burden helped keep the Bears in the game.  Butler County narrowed the gap in the fourth quarter as baskets and free throws by Henderson, Burden and Graham cut the lead to four with 28 seconds left at 59-55.  A basket by Edmonson pushed the lead back to six at 61-55.  Rex Henderson sank two three-pointers in the closing seconds but the Bears still came up short, falling 62-61. 
BC    13    10    13    25        61
EC    17    13    15    17        62
Butler County (61):  Henderson 28, Burden 19, Anderson 8, Graham 4, Cardwell 2. 


On Friday night, January 30, Butler County faced Whitesville Trinity in another 12th District contest.  The boys’ dropped the first game 86-41 in what proved to be an almost unstoppable offensive outing by the Raiders, including a 34-point first quarter and a 50-point first half.  Trinity guard Daniel Morris actually broke a school record with ten three-pointers in game – a record that had previously been held by his father, Kevin Morris.  Butler County’s offense was sluggish throughout and the Raiders remained hot – which proved to be a bad combination for the visiting Bears.
Zack Burden led the Bears in scoring with 11 points.

BC    10    17     9      5         41
WT    34    16    17    19        86   
Butler County (41):  Burden 11, Henderson 7, Nave 6, Graham 6, Deweese 4, Moore 3, Martin 2, Anderson 2.


The Lady Bears, in the second game, wasted little time is dispatching Trinity after racing to a 15-3 first quarter advantage.  Butler built on that lead in the second quarter and took a 34-10 halftime margin into the locker room.  Despite a rocky third, the Lady Bears finished the game strong in the fourth quarter and cruised to a 60-37 win.
Butler County had three players in double figures.  Cheyenne White led the Lady Bears in scoring with 12 points; Shawna West and Addison Hall had 10 points apiece.  In her season debut, Chloe Flener had four points.  Flener has been sidelined all season due to a serious ankle injury. 


BC    15    19    8    18        60
WT     3     19    8    18        37
Butler County (60):  White 12, West 11, Hall 11, Graham 8, Easley 6, Flener 4, C. Cardwell 4, Inscoe 3, Murphy 1.
The girls were back in action on Saturday, January 31, against Frederick Fraize High School (Cloverport).  The Lady Bears easily defeated Frederick Frazier 59-19 after roaring to a 23-6 first quarter advantage. 
Allie Easley led the team in scoring with 12; Shawna West added 11 points.
FF     6      9     2     3         19
BC    23   18    8    10        59
Butler County (59):  Easley 12, West 11, M. Cardwell 8, Hall 7, Graham 5, C. Cardwell 5, Ford 4, Flener 3, Murphy 2, Inscoe 2. 

Below is a review of recent scores for both the Bears and Lady Bears:

1/16 Grayson County  (L) 59-46
1/20 Union County (L) 86-81
1/16 Grayson County (L) 78-45
1/19 Warren East (L) 37-31
1/20 Russellville (L) 43-32
1/27 Ohio County (L) 69-48
The Butler County Bears (7-14, 1-4) will host McLean County tonight, Grayson County on Friday night, and Caverna on Saturday.
The Butler County Lady Bears (5-17, 3-2) will finish the week on Friday at home against Grayson County.
Friday night is Homecoming/Bearfest for Butler County.


Story by John Embry, Beech Tree News. 


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