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For a good portion of Anderson County's 59-25 win over Collins, the only question was whether the visiting Titans would actually score in the second half.
That is how dominating Anderson was in a 30th District girls' basketball game last Wednesday.
And the Lady Bearcats really did not play all that well for much of the contest. Anderson gradually pulled away from the over-matched Titans, then exploded in the second half for their 35th straight win in district play.
Anderson had eased out to a 32-12 halftime lead, then outscored the visitors 13-0 in the third frame. By the time Collins' Janette Hynes hit two free throws with 4:43 to play, Anderson was up 49-12 and the clock was running with limited stops as a result of the so-called “mercy rule.”
Makenzie Cann led the onslaught with a pair of 3-pointers. The senior, appearing to be feeling much better than the night before against Franklin County, tallied a game-high 13 points. Nine different Anderson players marked the scorebook, but Eriel McKee was the only other Anderson player in double figures, scoring 12.
Katie Vogel led Collins with seven points. The Titans were playing without head coach Phillip Conder, who was serving the last game of a KHSAA-mandated suspension after getting two technical fouls in a recent game.
Anderson simply dominated, even though the Lady Bearcats appeared to be going through the motions at times early in the game. That might have been expected as the Lady Bearcats had beaten Collins 77-38 a few weeks earlier, and had already sewn up the top seed in the 30th District Tournament.
Anderson will play Spencer County in the first round of district play while Collins will play Shelby County.
But at times, Anderson appeared ready to play “bombs away” instead of tuning up for the post-season.
“We weren't real big on our focus early on tonight,” said Anderson coach Tony Kays. “Against their zone, they were giving us open shots, and we got a little happy with the 3-pointers when we should have been attacking the basket more. That is what we want to do. We want to go to the basket and get to the free throw line.”
Anderson never trailed and never appeared to even be pushed by the Titans, now 5-12 on the year. The Lady Bearcats led 15-8 after a quarter and 32-12 at halftime.
“We refocused at halftime and then came out and did pretty much what we wanted to do,” Kays said.
Anderson, which improved to 20-4, could celebrate its eighth consecutive 20-win campaign. Collins, which was formed in 2010-11, has never beaten Anderson in girls' basketball.
“We have played a lot of games over the last few weeks,” Kays said. “We need to get our legs back under us and get healthy. We were able to give our starters some rest tonight and get other kids some playing time.”
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