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Bearcats, Lady Bearcats sweep Oldham

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By John Herndon

UPDATED, Friday, Jan. 9, 11:30 p.m.

 

BUCKNER – Anderson County's basketball teams put a huge damper on Oldham County's homecoming festivities as the Bearcats and Lady Cats swept a double-header in Weedman Gym.

The Bearcats roared out of the gate to a 9-0 lead and were never seriously threatened as they posted a 55-36 win in the opener. It was Anderson's first win at Oldham County since 1976.

Oldham was never closer than five and the Bearcats gradually pulled away over the last three quarters. Anderson's largest lead came at 53-30 with 2:31 to play.

C.J. Penny led Anderson with 21 points, while Jacob Russell scored 14 and Nick Humphries came off the bench to score 10. Anderson improved to 9-3 while Oldham fell to 8-5.

“Our defense was excellent,” Anderson coach Glen Drury said. “Allen Warford did an excellent job on (Eric) Dunlap.” Dunlap, who lit up South Oldham for 35 points a week earlier, scored just four against the Bearcats.

Calvin Davis led Oldham with 13 points.

The Lady Bearcats rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to score a 45-40 victory over upset-minded Oldham in the second game.

Despite a sluggish night offensively, the Lady Bearcats found a way to win.

Down 39-35 with 3:22 to play, the Lady Bearcats created some chances with turnovers, but could not take the lead for good until freshman Sydney Brown hit a jumper that made it 41-39. 

Seventh-grader Eriel McKee came up with a big save and assist to Lindsay Fultz who converted a game-clinching three-point play with 1:03 to play.

Fultz led Anderson with 11 points while Brown scored 10. The Lady Bearcats improved to 10-1 on the year. Oldham fell to 4-9.

Oldham's Audri Beaudrie led all scorers with 15 points.

“We didn't play our smartest game but the girls found a way to win,” said Anderson coach Tony Kays.

For a complete look at the Bearcat and Lady Bearcat action, see the Jan. 14 edition of The Anderson News.