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Anderson County is not the only girls’ basketball team around that should be good even while going through a transition phase.
Lafayette, which provides the opposition for the Lady Bearcats’ regular-season opener, has gone from a team of giants to one much more like Anderson County. A year ago, the Lady Generals had several girls standing over 6-feet tall. This year, longtime coach Allison Denton is expecting no player taller than 5-11.
Lafayette, which defeated Anderson 41-32 last year on the Lady Bearcats’ home floor, returns both starting guards, Maya Hanatani and Ali Ross, and much of a deep bench from last year’s team, which won 20 games and nearly upset Lexington Christian late in the season. Even though Lafayette is considered to be rebuilding, the Lady Generals are still ranked fourth in the 11th Region in The Cats’ Pause pre-season preview. The region’s coaches picked Lafayette sixth in Sunday’s Courier-Journal preview.
Anderson, which was up-and-down in a scrimmage against Ryle, will be looking for consistency and a scoring threat to take pressure off Lindsay Fultz and Tiffany Davenport.
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