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GIRLS' EIGHTH REGION TOURNAMENT: Lady Bearcats cruise into semis

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Yeaste, McKee lead Anderson past Oldham; Walton-Verona next

By John Herndon

INDEPENDENCE – Anderson County advanced to the Eighth Region semifinals for the fourth time in five years with a 67-55 win over Oldham County in the first round of the girls' Eighth Region Tournament, being held at Simon Kenton High School.

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“We played well enough to win,” said Anderson coach Tony Kays. “We made the plays when we had to.”

Anderson was never in serious danger in a ragged contest marked by turnovers and sloppy play. Yet, when March arrives, the name of the game is advancing. Anderson, which has not lost to an Eighth Region team this year (8-0) improved to 18-8. Oldham County closed out at 13-15.

Anderson had plenty of chances to blow the game open but allowed Oldham to hang around with foolish mistakes. The Lady Bearcats committed 23 turnovers, most unforced, but Oldham turned it over 20 times.

Oldham County rebounding stats were not immediately available but it appeared that Anderson dominated the boards and the Lady Bearcats never let Oldham get into an offensive rhythm.

Yet Anderson never was able to deliver the decisive knockout punch. Turnovers and silly fouls destroyed any chances the Lady Cats had at cruising.

The Lady Bearcats got a huge game from senior Kara Yeaste, who led her team with 22 points before fouling out with 3:56 to go. “Kara was really focused. She played well,” Kays said.

The Lady Bearcats took control from the outset, building an 11-1 lead out of the gate. They were never seriously threatened.

Oldham got within six on several occasions in the first half but by the intermission, Anderson led 28-16. The Lady Bearcat lead never dipped below nine and maxed out at 16 points with 1:11 to play.

Anderson moves on to play Walton-Verona, which was very impressive in a win over Carroll County in the opener, Friday at 7:30 p.m. Shelby County and Simon Kenton clash in the first game at 6 p.m.

“Walton-Verona is very strong inside and very well coached,” Kays said. “It will be a battle.”

E-mail John Herndon at jpherndon@theandersonnews.com.