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It took Anderson County eight minutes to get warmed up, but when the Bearcats finally did, they played the part of the hottest team in the Eighth Region.
Anderson won its seventh straight game and the 17th in 18 decisions with a 73-46 romp past the visiting Pirates in the second game of a double-header last Friday night. The game might not have been even that close.
Anderson improved to 19-2 on the year.
“We took care of business,” Anderson coach Glen Drury said. “We are definitely a better club than they are.”
After a first quarter that saw Anderson only leading 12-10, the Bearcats erupted with a 31-10 outburst in the second frame to lead 43-20 at the break. The lead reached its apex at 62-30 early in the fourth quarter before both teams started freely substituting.
“What I was proud of is that after a sluggish first quarter, we picked oure energy level up,” Drury said. “We got to playing like we need to play.”
Drury was glad the game was well under control by halftime, but he shuffled his lineup often in the second half, keeping the game from getting to the running clock, or “mercy rule” threshhold of a 35-point lead. “I needed to see some other kids in case we need to use them in the district tournament,” Drury said.
Senior Jay Smith led all scorers with 18 points while Austin Cummins and Christian Estes scored 12 and 10, respectively. Smith also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Bearcats, who held a 47-26 advantage on the backboards.
Every player that suited up for the Bearcats saw action with 11 marking the scorebook.
Andy Allen led Berea, now 7-18, with 10 points.