Bearcats overcome early Woodford punch

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Russell, Hyatt lead Anderson to 35th straight home-court win

By John Herndon

Anderson County absorbed an early punch, then put on a defensive clinic to defeat visiting Woodford County 51-42 in boys' basketball action Friday night.


Tyler Hyatt came off the bench to spark the Bearcats with 18 points, 11 in the first quarter after Woodford had smoked the nets on the way to a 13-5 lead. Woodford senior Dominique Johnson scored 10 of his team's first 13 points.

Anderson coach Glen Drury made a defensive switch in the first quarter that held Woodford to 14 points over the next 20 minutes.

“I thought our defense was really good tonight,” Drury said. “We had to do something or Johnson was going to dominate the game.”

Hyatt's early marksmanship – three 3-pointers in the first quarter and five on the night – gave Anderson a huge boost. “He had an excellent game,” Drury said. “We definitely needed the points.”

Hyatt also drew the assignment of slowing Johnson. “He never left him,” Drury smiled.

Drury picked up his 400th career coaching win as Anderson improved to 14-4 and posted its 35th consecutive home court win. Woodford fell to 9-12 on the year.

Johnson led Woodford with 20 points, while Jacob Russell scored 20 and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Bearcats.

Anderson is scheduled to travel to McCreary Central on Saturday but that could change if a predicted snowfall blankets the area. Check back to www.theandersonnews.com for updates. The game status will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

E-mail John Herndon at jpherndon@theandersonnews.com.