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The Anderson County basketball teams will have a busy weekend as they get ready for the Christmas break with tournaments that should be good tests for their progress.
The Lady Bearcats open play in the Republic Bank Classic at Lexington Catholic High School on Friday while the Bearcats travel to Adair County for a holiday tournament.
Anderson's girls return to the prestigious Republic Bank Classic for the third time in seven years. The tournament is widely considered one of the top gatherings of talent in the state each year.
This time, Anderson is one of eight teams awarded a first-round bye. The Lady Bearcats are idle on Thursday, but will play the winner of Campbell County and LaRue County at 3:45 p.m. on Friday afternoon. A win then could put Anderson against powerful Louisville Assumption in the tournament quarter-finals on Saturday. The championship game is set for Sunday, Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Campbell is considered one of the favorites in the 10th Region but the Camels have started slowly, going 2-5 through the weekend.
LaRue is off to a 5-1 start and is considered a darkhorse team in the loaded Fifth Region.
Anderson could play Assumption and top-ranked Marion County in their bracket while Mercy, Elizabethtown, Owensboro Catholic and Lincoln County all have byes in the other bracket.
Bearcats to play in Adair tournament
Anderson County's boys will get a chance to enter the Christmas holiday on a merry note when the Bearcats travel to the Adair County Holiday Classic.
The Bearcats will take on Hart County in Thursday's tournament opener at 3:30 EST.
Hart stood at 2-4 through games of the weekend and results of the Raiders' games indicate a team that appears to be up-and-down.
The tournament is an 8-team bracket-play affair with each team getting three games. Anderson will play either Monroe County or Campellsville in the second round. “I have seen Monroe,” Drury said. “They are pretty good.”
Monroe enters the tournament at 3-3, dropping its last three contests. Campbellsville was 3-4 through the weekend.
In the opposite bracket Green County plays Cumberland County while Adair County takes on Washington County.
On paper, it appears the tournament is wide open with Adair, Monroe and Anderson looking to be slight favorites. However, it also appears that all of the teams are relatively even.
Keeping up with the Bearcats and Lady Bearcats over the holidays
Because of holiday press deadlines, Anderson News coverage of the Republic Bank Classic and the Adair County tournament will not appear in print in the Dec. 26 edition. Tournament updates will appear at www.theandersonnews.com as soon as possible after information from the tournaments is received.
You can also follow sports editor John Herndon on Twitter at ANewsJPHerndon for updates as he is able to provide.
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