Balance powers Lady Bearcats past Bullitt Central netters 3-2

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By John Herndon

Anderson County put together an impressive showing Thursday night as the Lady Bearcats defeated visiting Bullitt Central 3-2 in girls' tennis action.

Two of Anderson's wins came in straight sets and both losses went the distance before Bullitt Central prevailed.

Anderson's top singles player, Mary Ellen Stratton dropped the first set 6-7 but came back to win the final two sets.

Stratton had started the season in the doubles, but coach Catina Sims said she moved Stratton back to the position she played last season in a switch with classmate Jennifer Hoskins because "they are both more comfortable and familiar in those positions."

Hoskins and Olivia Woodrum swept the top doubles match in straight sets.

Sims said, "Olivia has impressive speed at the net and Jennifer has wonderful placement at the baseline. They're great players already but together, they make an incredible team and they are improving every time they play."

Anderson's third-seeded singles player, Kristen Hamrick, was very impressive winning 6-0, 6-0.

"She is a first-year player and she has stepped up to fill in for (the) varsity in the No. 3 position at least 3 times," Sims said.

Anderson's top-seeded singles player, Anne-Marie Detherage, got off to a good start but could not hold on, dropping a 6-0, 2-6, 3-6 decision.

Anderson's No. 2 doubles team of Shelby Jessee and Lara Wheeler went down to defeat in 3 sets.