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Drury says Western Hills, Owen will be tough tests

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By John Herndon

Anderson County will try to get back on track tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 12, when the Bearcats travel to Western Hills. The Bearcats have been idle since losing at Bardstown nine days ago.

Anderson will also host a dangerous Owen County team Tuesday, Dec. 18, in what should be a good Eighth Region test.

Western Hills, 3-1, has close wins over Mercer County and South Oldham as well as a 28-point victory over Washington County, but the Wolverines' best outing might have been an overtime loss to Shelby County Friday night. Western Hills dropped a 64-55 decision to Shelby.

"This is the best Western Hills team I have seen in several years," Anderson coach Glen Drury said. "They are quick. They have some size. They shoot it well and they play hard. We are going to have to play very well to beat them."

Owen County, a team that raised some eyebrows with 21 wins a year ago, has gotten off to a 3-0 start, including a win over a Trimble County team that is expected to contend for the Eighth Region All-A championship.

In his second year at the helm, Owen coach Devin Duvall has overcome heavy graduation losses to continue the tradition of excellence begun by his predecessor, Gran Mefford.

"They are good," says Drury, who saw Owen beat Carroll County. "They have three very good basketball players. They have a couple of guards I really like and they have a kid about 6-5 in the middle. They will be a very strong test for us.

"I still believe that there is not 10 points difference between the top 10 teams in the (Eighth) region."