BLOG: Lady Bearcats go for third straight district championship but dangerous Collins stands in the way.

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By John Herndon

On paper, Anderson County looks like a good bet to win its third consecutive 30th District championship. The Lady Bearcats are 20-8, have won seven of their last eight and seem to be playing much better than when they struggled to beat Collins 56-49 back on Jan. 15.

But games are not played on paper. In fact, on the court, Collins, 15-13, is a difficult matchup for Anderson because of the Titans’ athletic ability. Forward Aaliyah Wells gives Collins an athletic presence in both the low post and around the lane.

Guard Leeara Cardwell is a junior who can give Anderson fits, as she did a year ago when she played at Shelby County.

Both Wells and Cardwell are averaging in double figures.

Anderson has three double-digit scorers: Makenzie Cann, Sydney Brown and Eriel McKee. They give Collins matchup problems too. Collins might be hard pressed to stop Brown and McKee. It will be interesting to see how Collins tries to shut down Cann, as well.

From this corner, the big keys will be foul trouble and Anderson’s focus.

The Lady Bearcats are the better team. There is no question about that.  However, Collins is more than capable of beating Anderson. If the Lady Bearcats are not focused, Collins can win. No question.

There have been times when Anderson was focused and very good during the year. There have been others where the Lady Bearcats went through the motions and struggled or lost.

If either team has to go deep on its bench, it will be in trouble, so fouls will be a major factor.

While both teams will advance to the Eighth Region tournament, winning this one is very important to Anderson, one of the regional favorites. Win and you draw a district runner-up. The odds are you get a better regional draw as a winner than as a runner-up.

I like Anderson to win, but it is a cautious pick.


District winning streak on the line

An interesting note is that the last time Anderson lost to another 30th District team, it was on the Spencer County floor when Anderson lost to Shelby County in overtime in the 2008 district championship game.

Since then, Anderson has won 15 straight games against district foes.


You need to check out the Anderson girls’ team

I have heard it said many times, “I just don’t like girls’ basketball.”

Note: At one time I did not either.

Now that I have learned to appreciate the girls’ game, I really like it.

As an Anderson County High graduate and a local writer, it blows my mind to think what this group might be able to accomplish. They have already been to a Sweet 16 and could be at the top of the Eighth Region for several  years.

However, nothing is guaranteed and they are not the computer polls’ pick to make it back to Bowling Green. Friday could be a big game in determining how far the Lady Bearcats go in the regional tournament.

Just like the Anderson boys, they deserve support.