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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Lady Bearcats roll to district wins

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Clinch tournament's top seed again

By John Herndon

The Anderson County girls' basketball team clinched the top seed in the 30th District Tournament with one-sided wins over Shelby County and Spencer County last week.

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Anderson will play Spencer, which the Lady Bearcats defeated 87-34 Saturday afternoon, in the first round of the district tourney, to be held at Shelby in two weeks.

Five different Anderson players scored in double figures as the Lady Bearcats routed visiting Spencer. All-staters Makenzie Cann and Eriel McKee both scored 14 points and Jessica Rice matched that total with her varsity career high. McKee led Anderson with seven rebounds while Cann dished out six assists. Destiny Stewart and Corrin Robinson had five and four assists, respectively.

Mackenzie Myers led Spencer with 11 points.

Anderson was in contol the entire game but exploded with a 29-6 outburst in the third quarter.

Anderson ran its recored to 18-4 and 5-0 in district play with one more game, against Collins, scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 12. Anderson has now won 34 consecutive games against 30th District opponents. The Lady Bearcats had also won 15 consecutive home games heading into a game with Franklin County, played Tuesday after press time. The last time Anderson dropped a game on its home court was in the opening round of the 2012 Eighth Region Tournament, when Simon Kenton defeated the Lady Bearcats.

Spencer is now 4-19 and 0-6.

Thursday, Anderson routed host Shelby County, 65-32, in a game that was finally played after a pair of weather-related cancellations.

Anderson jumped to a 20-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Makenzie Cann scored nine points in the first eight minutes, but Eriel McKee led Anderson with 25 points. Cann added 15.

The fourth quarter was played with a running clock after Anderson opened a 56-20 lead over the team that will be the No. 2 seed in the district tournament.

“We were able to impose our will on Shelby,” Anderson coach Tony Kays said. “Defensively, we had a lot of energy and were able to take things away from them.”

Shelby, which defeated Collins on Saturday, finished the week at 14-6 and 4-2.