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TAYLORSVILLE -- Lowell Gordon buried seven 3-point shots and the Anderson County defense stymied the Eminence attack in the second half as the Bearcats rolled to a 69-45 win in the first round of the 30th District Tournament at Spencer County.
Gordon’s outburst is believed to tie a school record for downtown bombing with Will Shouse and Dustin Aldridge. Gordon’s back-to-back threes in the fourth quarter pushed Anderson to a 56-39 advantage. Eminence, which had stayed within striking distance through three quarters, was never within 15 again.
Gordon finished with 24 points while Logan Woodside added 15 and Erik Newton had 12. Newton also had 11 rebounds for the Bearcats.
Anderson’s defense forced 22 Eminence turnovers, many leading to easy baskets.
Eminence’s Bradley Foree, who Anderson feared as a tough matchup, was plagued by early foul trouble and finished with 10 points.
Anderson, now 8-16, will play top-seeded Spencer County in Tuesday’s semi-final. “We will have to play our best game of the year,” Anderson coach Glen Drury.
The Anderson girls will play Shelby County, a 46-30 winner over Eminence Monday, in Tuesday’s first game. The Lady Bearcats will be a heavy favorite, but the Bearcats will be a decided underdog to a team that beat them by four points in late January.
“We need all the people here we can get,” Drury said. “The more the merrier. Anderson County fans are known throughout the state for supporting the teams. I hope we can get enough people down here that they have to close the doors."
The girls tip off at 6 with the boys’ game starting at approximately 7:45.