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

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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
Probably the best county team to not make the Sweet 16 before 1950. Coach Ralph Carlisle's team lost just twice, the last coming in sudden death to the eventual state champions, Lafayette.

5.Kavanaugh, 1920
Made the state semifinals.

6.Lawrenceburg, 1930
Lost in the first round of the district tournament but it was a seven-overtime thriller to eventual state runner-up Kavanaugh.

7.Kavanaugh, 1933
Led by the state's leading scorer, Ralph Carlisle, the Tigers made the second round of the state tournament.

8.Lawrenceburg, 1939
Reached the regional championship game before losing to Louisville St. Xavier.

9.Lawrenceburg, 1920
Made the state tournament.

10.Kavanaugh, 1949
The final tiger team was one of the state's best but could not get out of the rugged 11th region.

Top players
1.Forrest “Aggie” Sale, Kavanaugh 1930
At 6-foot-5, he was one of the biggest players of his day. Went on to the University of Kentucky, where he was National Player of the year. Adoph Rupp often said there were none better than Sale.

2.Ralph Carlisle, Kavanaugh 1933
State scoring champ at Kavanaugh and later an All-SEC performer at Kentucky. Later was a highly successful coach at Kavanaugh and Lafayette.

3.Paul McBrayer, Kavanaugh 1926
This Ninevah boy went on to the University of Kentucky where he was an All-American.

7.Eddie Humston, Lawrenceburg 1946
Led the Bulldogs into the quarterfinals of the Sweet 16.

5.W.J. Smith, Lawrenceburg, 1940
Played freshman ball at Kentucky. All-state second team his senior year.

6.Paul Champion, Lawrenceburg 1942
Champion was a Kentucky All-Star for the summer game against Indiana.

6.Buzz Borries, Kavanaugh, 1931
Incredible athlete. Later was an All-American football player at Navy.

8.Waller White, Kavanaugh
Went on to play four years at Kentucky.

9.Frazier LeBus, Kavanaugh
This houseboy was leader of 1942 regional runner-up team, often scoring more than 20 points a game.

10.Bill Keightley, Kavanaugh 1945
Big Bill Keightley possessed a deadly hook shot. He was offered a college scholarship but declined.

Five games to remember

Kavanaugh 28, Lawrenceburg 21 (1930)
Seven-overtime thriller in district tournament elimination game held record for state's longest game for over 60 years. History could have literally been changed with one shot.

Corinth 22, Kavanaugh 20 (1930)
A state championship slipped through Kavanaugh's fingers in the final 30 seconds of state championship game.

Lawrenceburg 46, Male 45 (1946)
Bulldogs make sure there is a new state champion with a first-round thriller.

Lafayette 37, Kavanaugh 35 (1942)
One of only two losses by the Tigers came in sudden death of the regional championship game. Lafayette went on to roll through the state tournament.

Kavanaugh 38, Lawrenceburg 35 (1949)
District tournament opener was final game of storied series. And one of the best.