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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: No. 1 Lady Bearcats entertain Franklin County in Top 5 battle

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Anderson ranked at top, Flyers third in latest poll

By John Herndon

A showdown with a Top 5 team highlights the upcoming week for the Anderson County girls' basketball team.

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The Lady Bearcats tangle with another of Kentucky's better teams when they entertain Franklin County tonight, Jan. 8, at 7:45 p.m. The game is part of a triple-header between the teams and will be preceded by the freshman teams at 5:15 and junior varsity at 6:30.

In the Rating the State rankings that appeared in Monday's Lexington Herald-Leader, Anderson was tied with Elizabethtown for the No. 1 ranking while Franklin County came in at No. 3.

While most observers felt Franklin would be strong this season, few picked the Lady Flyers to be among the state's top five and sitting atop the 11th Region rankings.

Sophomore forward Malaka Frank and senior guard Nannilea White both average about 11 points a game to lead the Lady Flyers, who come in at 10-3. However, three other players, Rebecca Cook, Princess Stewart and Dasia Kilbourne all average just under 10 points a contest.

Friday, Anderson travels to Collins, which has struggled trying to replace Aaliyah Wells, now at Morehead State. The Titans have won just two of seven games and their five losses have been by an average of 25 points a night.

“Collins is a district game, so we will have to pay special attention to that one,” Anderson coach Tony Kays says.

Even though Anderson will be heavily favored against Collins, Kays says the game will provide a bit of a test for the Lady Cats. “We have to come out and be ready to play,” he said. “We cant just turn it off and on and pick out when we are going to play.”

Tuesday, the Lady Bearcats entertain Mercer County, the team that came the closest in the regular season to breaking Anderson's 26-game win streak last year. While Mercer suffered some graduation losses off that team, they have some solid players, led by junior guard Heidi Huffman.

The Lady Titans have been solid, however, going 10-4 and establishing themselves as a legitimate contender in the 12th Region.

 

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