Lady Bearcats to end layoff, entertain Trimble

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By John Herndon

High school basketball teams usually try to stay away from two-week layoffs like an overspent shopper avoids the mailman after Christmas.

But a scheduling quirk put the Anderson County girls’ basketball team in that situation. The Lady Bearcats return to action Thursday, Jan. 8 when they host Trimble County in their first game since routing Caldwell County to win the Lady Rocket Invitational at Shelby County.

After a schedule mixup canceled a post-Christmas tournament appearance at Mercer County, Anderson coach Tony Kays tried to pick up a game for last week but after that did not work out, he embraced the break to work on areas of concern despite the Lady Bearcats’ surprising 8-1 start.

“We have been able to get back to fundamentals in practice,” Kays said.

Many avoid the layoffs because of the perceived regression that comes from not playing games, but Kays says that is not a big worry.

“It could affect us getting back into the swing of games, but I hope it will help us down the road,” he said. “We will have to wait and see.”

Thursday, the Lady Bearcats will play a Trimble team that is very young and has struggled early.

“I don’t know a lot about Trimble,” Kays says.

Friday, the Lady Bearcats head to Oldham County for a rematch of the Shelby tournament semifinals. Anderson won that one 47-37 as Kara Yeaste lit the Colonels up for 18 points and Makenzie Stoner shut down Oldham star Audri Beaudrie.

Beaudrie escaped serious injury the next day when the car she was driving flipped down an embankment after she swerved to miss a dog. Beaudrie missed the Colonels’ game with Male but she had a fairy-tale night Saturday when she nailed a 3-pointer at the end of the second overtime to give Oldham a 58-57 win over arch-rival South Oldham Saturday night.

She had 13 points in that game and reportedly took over in the second extra period.

Emily Lape, who hurt Anderson in the first game, scored 15 for Oldham in Saturday’s win.

Oldham coach Larry Just, a former college coach, is trying to restore the once-powerful Lady Colonels to a place at the top of the Eighth Region.

The Lady Bearcats and Lady Colonels will tip off in the second game of a boy-girl doubleheader at 7:45 p.m. Friday night. The boys’ teams will play the first game. The games will be played in Oldham’s old gymnasium.0.00”

Tuesday, Anderson will entertain Mercer County, one of the better teams in the 12th Region. “They play 14-15 kids and have some dangerous shooters,” Kays says. “It is a good rivalry. We always seem to have close games with them.”

Anderson defeated Mercer last year on a last second shot by Christy Gemmell.

The Lady Bearcats might not be at full strength as senior guard Tiffany Davenport, the team’s second leading scorer, has missed some practice time due to a groin pull. Kays says she should be available on a limited basis.

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