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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Lady Bearcats have opportunity to avenge only defeat

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By John Herndon

 

The highly-ranked Anderson County girls' basketball team has a chance for a payback next Tuesday night when the Lady Bearcats travel to Bryan Station.

The Lady Defenders handed Anderson its only loss of the season, a 43-41 decision in the Republic Bank Classic at Lexington Catholic back in December. In that one, Anderson might have been playing a game against top-ranked Marion County in its mind before getting past Bryan Station. Anderson County junior Makenzie Cann scored 34 of her team's 41 points.

Bryan Station has won five of six games since that day, including and impressive win over 10th-ranked Scott County last week.

Anderson, ranked No. 2 in the state by the Associated Press last week, has won nine straight since the upset by Bryan Station. Anderson was ranked third in the Courier-Journal Litkenhous Ratings and fourth in the most recent Rating the State rankings that appear in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Anderson is at the top of the Eighth Region in every rating service.

The athletic Bryan Station team can give Anderson enormous problems and some stress the win over Anderson was not a fluke, given the Scott County win and another win over Assumption earlier this year.

Saturday afternoon, Anderson will be at home and be heavily favored to take care of regional foe South Oldham. While the programs have had some monumental battles over the years, South Oldham was hit hard by graduation last year and has struggled to a 5-11 record under new coach Christy Higdon.

Tipoff for the Anderson-South Oldham game is 2:30 p.m.