HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Bearcats, Lady Bearcats head into home stretch

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Friday double-header highlights week

By John Herndon

Following a week that saw the weather disrupt basketball schedules, the Anderson County boys' and girls' teams face a busy schedule just two weeks before the start of the district tournaments.

The Lady Bearcats, ranked No. 2 statewide in virtually every poll, will travel to Christian Academy of Louisville on Thursday night, Feb. 7. The game had originally been scheduled for Feb. 2.

The Lady Centurions feature guard China Dow, who has signed with the University of Louisville. Dow is pouring points in at 25.2 points per game. Christian Academy, 14-8 through last weekend, is considered one of the better teams in the Seventh Region.

Friday, the Lady Bearcats will get a stern test from longtime rival Woodford County in the first game of a girl-boy double-header at Anderson. The Lady Bearcats and Woodford will tip off at 6:30 p.m.

“Woodford has a nice point guard in (junior Shelby) McDonald, also athletic guards in (Chelsey) Ford and (Anastayzia) Reed,” Anderson coach Tony Kays said. “All have the green light on threes. The Morgan sisters (Hannah and Jessica, both seniors) provide rebounds and scoring around basket.”

Kays says Woodford is better than its 14-11 record through the weekend would indicate.

“They have been playing with a lot of confidence lately. They had a big comeback win versus Lafayette after being down 12 points with five minutes to play.”

Woodford also had a 96-54 win at Scott County on January 18 and defeated Anderson's district rival, Collins, by 25 points early in January.

Next Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Lady Bearcats should get a good test at regional rival Owen County. While few are counting Owen as a regional contender, the Lady Rebels, 16-6, certainly have the firepower to be a spoiler. “Owen has been inconsistent this year but is dangerous with newcomer (Madison) Reed as their best player,” Kays said. Reed, a junior, transferred to Owen from Magoffin County. She is averaging 11.3 points a game.

Senior Hannah Neeley leads the Rebels at 15.7 points a game while classmate Courtney Waldrop is scoring 11 points an outing. Another senior, Madison Gamble, is capable of putting points on the board too.


Bearcats tune up for post-season

The Anderson County boys will have a big test Thursday night when the Bearcats travel to Owen County, a regional foe that should give the Bearcats a good indication of where they stand in the Eighth Region.

Owen was considered a dark horse contender for the regional title before the season but might have fallen a bit off the radar, which is puzzling to Anderson coach Glen Drury.

“Owen is loaded,” he says. The Rebels, 18-5 through the weekend, made it to the quarterfinals of the state All-A Classic and went down at Simon Kenton in overtime last week. They have won two of three games from Gallatin County and have beaten Grant County on the year.

“They have size and good guards,” Drury says.

Freshman Carson Williams and senior Justin Shelton give the Rebels a big 1-2 punch inside while senior guard Zach Ripy is a four-year starter and junior Jarrod Ball is also strong in the backcourt.

Friday, the Bearcats host Berea after the girls' game. Tip-off is set for approximately 8 p.m.

Anderson should be heavily favored over the 6-17 Pirates. “They have some kids that can shoot the ball,” Drury said.

Tuesday, the Bearcats host Kentucky Country Day of Louisville, a team that is 15-9 and defeated Spencer County, 66-56, last week.


District tournament schedule to be determined

The schedule for the 30th District Tournament, to be held at Collins High School, will be set on Saturday, Feb. 9 during the district business meeting. The pairings have been set with Anderson County playing Shelby County in the boys' tournament and the Lady Bearcats taking on Spencer County in the girls' tournament.


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