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Even though Anderson County's boys were eliminated from the post-season basketball tournaments Tuesday night, there are still plenty of reasons to keep watching the high school game. Here are a few:
1.Locally, there are the Anderson County Lady Bearcats. If you have not taken the time to see this team play, you are the one missing out. This team has some dynamite young talent and is looking for its second consecutive trip to the Sweet 16. Remember, no high school basketball team from Anderson County has made back-to-back trips to the Sweet 16 since Kavanaugh turned the trick in 1930 and 1931.
The Lady Bearcats will play Collins, a 52-29 winner over Spencer County Wednesday night, in the district final Friday night at Spencer. Game time is 7 p.m.
More on that game tomorrow.
2.Just watching how the tourneys play out can really be interesting. Sometimes there are the shockers, like Louisville Collegiate's win over St. X. That has undoubtedly been the story of the week in the state.
Then you have games like the Ballard-Trinity showdown in Louisville on Wednesday night. Two Top Ten teams fighting it out for one berth in the regional tournament. Ballard won that one.
And in the Eighth Region, there was a bit of an upset – a mild one – when North Oldham ousted South Oldham in the 29th District semifinal. From this corner, I thought South Oldham was one of the two best teams I had seen this year – Oldham County is the other – and I would not have been surprised to see South and Oldham County play for the district and regional championships.
But you also knew North could beat either one.
It is what makes the Kentucky high school tourney the best in the nation.
A couple of college notes
1.Kentucky just gave another one away last night at Arkansas. John Clay, of the Lexington Herald-Leader, says in his column today that the Wildcats are not getting any better. They aren't.
2.I hate to see Victoria Dunlap take the floor at Memorial Coliseum for the last time tonight. I have gone to quite a few of the UK women's games over the last two years and have come to appreciate this wildly athletic player. But she just has game and knows how to win. She's easily the best I have seen in the UK women's program since Valerie Still.
Most of all, I will remember the young lady that took time to talk with my 10-year-old daughter after a game. She made her feel like she was her friend and that she truly cared about her, even though they had just met.
That is what being a student-athlete is really all about.
Check back on Friday for a preview of the Anderson-Collins girls' game.