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The Anderson County girls' basketball team can clinch the top seed in the 30th District Tournament when they travel to Collins Thursday night.
While most observers see the task as a mere formality, the Lady Bearcats can make it mathematically impossible for any other team to claim the district tournament's top spot with a win at the Shelbyville school. Anderson is 4-0 with two district games left while Shelby County is 3-2 and Collins 2-2. Both teams would have to win their remaining district games – both have to play Anderson a second time – then take their luck in the 3-way tie-breaker.
While the chances of such a scenario are virtually nil, Anderson still must win Thursday night to clich things outright.
Collins gave Anderson a bit of a challenge early but the Lady Bearcats prevailed, 59-34. “They will change a lot of defenses, but nothing we haven't seen.”
Tuesday, the Lady Bearcats will have a major challenge when they travel to Montgomery County, one of the 10th Region favorites. Anderson, 19-1 after last week's action, has had just three games that ended with margins under 10 points all season. The Lady Bearcats are 2-1 in such games, but Kays is expecting a close one in Mt. Sterling.
“They are very experienced and have a lot of good shooters,” he said. “It will be a tough game.”
The Lady Bearcats were to have played Bryan Station, the only team that has beaten Anderson this year, Tuesday night after press time. The result of that game will be posted at www.theandersonnews.com as soon as possible after the information is received.