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Girls team was best in 1931

100 years of basketball: Anderson County's state champion

By John Herndon

No school in Anderson County has never won a state high school basketball championship recognized by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
However, the girls' basketball team at Lawrenceburg Colored High School was a state champion, according to local realtor John Cunningham.
The team included Cunningham's mother, Gertrude Bean Cunningham. He says that another member of the team was Mary Harris Gill. Cunningham says that all of the team members are now deceased.


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Lincoln Institute grad thankful for changes that his family enjoys today

100 years of basketball: Sports in a new world

By John Herndon

Victor Brown never claimed to be a great athlete. “I was the only boy from Lawrenceburg that didn't play basketball,” smiles Brown, who graduated from Lincoln Institute in 1959. “Those teams were just so good.”


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Bearcats rally late for win at Casey

By John Herndon

Anderson County's boys' basketball team seems intent on proving the doubters wrong.
That is what was apparent last Tuesday when the Bearcats rallied from seven points down in the fourth quarter to take a hard-fought 60-57 win at Casey County in the season opener for both teams.
Erik Newton, Anderson's only returning starter from 2010, scored Anderson's first 10 points, then sank a pair of free throws with 10 seconds to go to provide the winning margin for the Bearcats.


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Recalls community pride in Bearcat teams

100 years of basketball: Little has changed, Terry Young looks like he could still fill it up

Terry Young looks like he could still fill it up. He's trim and still sports a boyish grin that belies the fact that one of the greatest shooters in Anderson history is now 63 years old. But in many ways, Young hasn't changed.


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100 years of basketball: One man's picks of the best Anderson County teams before 1950

By John Herndon

Anderson County's top high school basketball teams before 1950

1.Kavanaugh, 1930
The Tigers were 30 seconds from a state championship. They lost to Corinth High on a last second shot in the state championship game.

2.Lawrenceburg, 1928
The Bulldogs made their deepest penetration into the state tournament, reaching the semifinals.

3.Lawrenceburg, 1946
Lawrenceburg dethroned defending state champion Male, led by Gene Rhodes, in the Sweet 16.

4.Kavanaugh, 1942


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Bardstown rips Bearcats

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Bardstown rips Bearcats
By John Herndon

Bardstown bolted to an early lead and never looked back as the Tigers routed visiting Anderson County 68-38 in boys' high school basketball action Monday night.
Bardstown led 18-6 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 35-16 by halftime.


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Tigers outlasted Bulldogs in 1949 district tourney

ONLINE EXTRA: 100 years of basketball -- Last Lawrenceburg-Kavanaugh game was a classic

By John Herndon

The Anderson News account of final Lawrenceburg-Kavanaugh game.
From March 3, 1949 Anderson News

“The Lawrenceburg-Kavanaugh game was hard fought all the way with the Kavaliers winning by a score of 38 to 35. It was the third time the teams had met this season with the Orange and Black on top each time, 17, 6, and 3 points.
Kavanaugh took a quick lead and, after four minutes, led 8-3. Lawrenceburg whittled this to 8-7, but Kavanaugh spurted to a 13-9 first quarter lead.


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Newton stars as Anderson wins at Casey

Bearcats rally in final minutes for season-opening win

By John Herndon

The Anderson County boys' basketball team rallied from seven points down in the fourth quarter to claim a 60-57 win at Casey County to open the season on Tuesday night.
Erik Newton scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Bearcats. Newton scored Andersons first 10 points, then hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to set the final margin.
Casey had a chance to tie the game but the Anderson defense did not allow the Rebels to get a good look, according to Anderson assistant coach Bryan Hyatt.


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Co-captain of last Kavanaugh team still bleeds orange and black

100 years of basketball: 'I always wanted to be a Kavanaugh basketball player'

By John Herndon

Surrounded by memorabilia from Kavanaugh High School, C.C. Fallis leaves little doubt that he is a Tiger.
Always has been, always will be.


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Anderson County the early hoops capital of Kentucky

100 years of basketball: Simple beginnings led to local love affair with simple game

By John Herndon

It all started very simply. There was no fanfare when basketball made its way into Anderson County.
Nearly 100 years later, an estimated 7,000 red-clad Anderson County basketball fans piled into Rupp Arena in Lexington to watch the Bearcats play in the Kentucky High School state tournament. In between, the sport's hold on the county has been strong. And the county's influence on the sport became widely known around the state's borders.


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