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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Lady Cats hold off Christian Academy

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By John Herndon

 

Ever since Anderson County's only loss of the girls' basketball season, to Bryan Station back on Dec. 22, there have been questions if the Lady Bearcats could close the deal in a close game against a very good team.

The questions were legitimate. After all, the Lady Bearcats have been pummeling the opposition by more than 22 points a game and have had only two other contests – wins over Bishop Brossart and Mercer County – that ended with a margin of fewer than 10 points.

The Lady Bearcats answered Thursday night, even though they were shaky at times in doing so, with a 66-64 win at Christian Academy of Louisville.

“The good thing is we didn't start out great, but we got in the groove to get a good win,” Anderson coach Tony Kays said.

Makenzie Cann led Anderson with 23 points, but it was University of Louisville signee China Dow of Christian Academy who put her team on her strong shoulders and nearly pulled the upset.

Dow scored 35 points, the most by an individual player against the Lady Bearcats all season, but it was not enough as Anderson improved to 24-1.

Eriel McKee followed Cann with 21 points for Anderson.

Christian Academy, ranked fifth in the rugged Seventh Region, but knocking at the door of the state's Top 20 – the Lady Centurions were ranked 21st in last week's Litkenhous Ratings – rallied from a 38-28 halftime deficit but could never quite catch the Lady Bearcats.

Anderson led 61-56 with less than two minutes to play, then hung on.

“I think in the fourth quarter, we ran out of some steam for some reason,” Kays said. “Then they threw a press at us. It was not a great press, but we were not attacking it like we should be. Part of that is my fault because we have not paid a lot of attention to presses. We have not seen them much because teams don't usually try to press us, so it was a good thing for our team.”

Kays was asked, given Anderson's struggles against the Lady Centurion press, if he might see more of that in the post-season. “I think some teams will try it if they need to but I don't think they will look at as their main method to stop Anderson County, but I am sure we will see it.”

 

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