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TAYLORSVILLE – There were cheers and tears for the Anderson County High School basketball teams in 30th District play Tuesday night
The Lady Bearcats roared past Shelby County, 52-16 to advance to the district final and the Eighth Region tournament next week. However, the Bearcats saw their run of 10 straight regional tournament berths – the longest active streak in the region – come to an end when Spencer County pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 60-47 victory.
SPENCER OUSTS BEARCATS
Spencer scored the first 12 points of the game, then turned back a furious Anderson rally for a 60-47 win in the boys' 30th District semi-final game.
Spencer never trailed, but saw Anderson get within 31-28 midway through the third quarter behind the 3-point bombing of Darrin Laswell and Lowell Gordon.
After a timeout, Spencer regrouped as Logan Dunbar powered his way to a basket, then Bryce Mills got free for a layup, Anderson was never closer than six the rest of the way and Spencer pushed the lead to as many as 21 points late.
“I want to give Spencer County all the credit,” said Anderson coach Glen Drury. “They played their A-game tonight and showed their basketball ability.”
Spencer's Trey Wyatt led all scorers with 18 points, while teammate Logan Dunbar scored 17. Logan Woodside paced Anderson with 13 points while Laswell scored 12.
“Give our kids credit,” Drury said. “They fought back and fought through a lot of adversity all year. These young men are everything a student athlete is supposed to be.”
Spencer, which has not advanced to the regional tournament since 1998, will play the winner of the Collins-Shelby County game for the district title on Saturday night. Spencer's only other district title came in 1984.
Anderson, which fought through injuries, sickness and an unbelievable run of bad luck through the season, finished at 8-17.
LADY BEARCATS FLATTEN SHELBY
Anderson scored the first 10 points of the game and cruised to a 52-16 win in the 30th District semifinal game.
The Lady Bearcats, now 20-8, were as dominant as the score indicated, forcing numerous turnovers and converting to easy baskets. At times, however, it looked like Anderson was working on further post-season action as the Lady Bearcats ran offense for extended stretches.
“We were wanting to work on some things. I was happy with our game plan and the kids did a nice job executing it,” Anderson coach Tony Kays said.
Eighth-grader Corrin Robinson led Anderson with 11 points. “She had a really nice game,” Kays said. Haley Powell paced Shelby, which finished the year at 3-22, with 5 points.
The Lady Bearcats will be going for their third straight district title when they play the winner of Wednesday's Collins-Spencer County game in Friday's district final. That game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. at Spencer County.
“No matter who we play, we will have to come out and play good defense and execute our offense,” Kays said.
Anderson, which has now won 20 straight against district foes, also moves on to next week's Eighth Region Tournament at Gallatin County. First-round games are set for Monday and Tuesday.