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Anderson County will open girls' Eighth Region Tournament play on Tuesday night when the Lady Bearcats take on Oldham County at approximately 7:30.
Owen County and Simon Kenton will play in the first game, one that on paper looks like a dandy.
Paper also says Anderson should advance to the regional semifinals for the sixth time in the last eight years. The Lady Bearcats beat Oldham County by 20 points in the second week of the season, but every game is different, especially those three months apart.
When the Lady Bearcats are focused and on their game, they are very tough to beat. No, they are not unbeatable, but they can be an outstanding team.
But many times, the Lady Bearcats don't finish teams off. Such was the case in last Friday's district final against Collins. Anderson had surged to a 22-11 lead, then, for some reason, made several unforced turnovers and took some bad shots. Instead of the blowout, Anderson led 25-23 at halftime.
To their credit, the Lady Bearcats regrouped, pushed the lead back out and were never seriously in trouble in the second half against Collins.
Oldham will try to push the pace, press and play run-and-gun. Anderson has done well in that kind of game but Oldham will probably try to push it even beyond Anderson's liking.
The main thing for the Lady Bearcats is to remain focused and play like there is no tomorrow. There isn't. Around the state there were some huge upsets in district tournament play, with Ohio County's girls going down in the Third Region and the St. Xavier boys going down to Louisville Collegiate.
Monday night, Collins threw a major scare into Eighth Region favorite South Oldham, with the Lady Dragons finally pulling out a 38-34 win in the final minute.
This is the time of year when any weakness is exposed and any game where the focus is not 100 percent can be the last one of the year.
Anderson hopes to have large crowd
Anderson coach Tony Kays noted how Anderson fans filled their side of the Spencer County gym in Friday's district final against Collins. Anderson had close to a 2-1 advantage in people rooting the Lady Bearcats on.
“I really appreciate the people coming out,” Kays said Friday. “We feel like we have got a good show for them.”
Gallatin County has a relatively new school with a very nice gym. This is the first time the regional has been held at Gallatin.
If you go, give yourself about 90 minutes to make the trip to Warsaw. It is just over 60 miles to the school. Just take 127 North out of Lawrenceburg through Frankfort and Owenton. When 127 runs into US 42, take a left onto 42. The school will be just down the road. You can't miss it.