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Any question about how the Anderson County girls' basketball team would respond to a test found its answer last Tuesday night.
The Lady Bearcats pulled away in the second half to post a 66-50 win over 10th Region favorite Montgomery County, running their record to 22-1.
Eriel McKee led the Lady Bearcats with 22 points while Corrin Robinson added 13. Anderson shot 58.5 percent from the field.
“Our shot selection greatly improved as the game went on,” Anderson coach Tony Kays said. “McKee and (Makenzie) Cann led us on transition buckets throughout.”
Anderson hit 16-of-21 shots inside thr 3-point arc.
Anderson could not deliver the knockout punch early but turned up the pressure in the third quarter, when the Lady Bearcats outpointed the hosts 20-13 to build the lead to 52-42.
Montgomery was never closer.
“We had contributions from a lot of different players. Kaci Currens gave us good minutes as we continue to develop our bench,” Kays said.
The victory was one of the most impressive on the Lady Bearcat schedule this year. While Anderson had been a solid favorite, the significance of beating Montgomery, the defending 10'th Region champ, and the regional champ seven of the last eight years, was not lost on Kays.
“Montgomery is a very good team and has great chance to win their region. It was a big win that hopefully will help us down the road,” he said.