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All anyone needs to know about Anderson County’s road through the Mercer County Titan Clash can be found in looking at Madison Central.
The Lady Indians will be Anderson’s first opponent in a gathering of some of Kentucky’s best girls’ basketball teams at Mercer County High School, beginning Monday, Dec. 29. Anderson and Madison Central tip it off at 2:30 p.m. It will be the fourth game of the opening session.
A look through The Cats’ Pause pre-season rankings of the 11th Region’s top players will find not one from Madison Central. But perched atop the team leaders was none other than Madison Central.
“They are very balanced in their scoring,” Anderson coach Tony Kays says, “but (Jenna) Cornelison, (Larryn) Brooks and (Ashton) Feldhaus are some of their better scorers.”
Cornelison is a junior but Brooks and Feldhaus are freshmen. Feldhous is the daugter of Madison Central boys’ coach Allen Feldhaus, Jr. and the niece of former Kentucky player Deron Feldhaus.
Seniors Brislyn Sizemore and Christina Ciolek also play major roles for the Indians, who are ranked in the state’s Top 10.
Anderson’s second game will be against either Nelson County or Ryle. Nelson features Michigan State signee Samantha Drake, who had committed to Kentucky but changed her mind. The 6-foot-2 center is considered a Miss Basketball candidate. Ryle is one of the top teams in northern Kentucky and features one of the state’s top sophomores, Jenna Crittendon.
Other top teams in the tournament include last year’s state runner-up, Elizabethtown, Notre Dame, Henry Clay, Lincoln County and Tates Creek.
“This will be a big challenge for us,” Kays said. “We hope to continue to improve and use this tournament setting to give us some experience for the district and regional tournaments.”
**Anderson News sports editor John Herndon will be providing updates online as soon as possible upon completion of an Anderson game and will be blogging live at www.twitter.com/ANewsJPHerndon.