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Anderson County needed an overtime period, but the Lady Bearcats posted a 61-58 win in girls' basketball action at George Rogers Clark on Saturday afternoon.
Lindsay Fultz and Makenzie Stoner led Anderson with 16 points each as the Lady Bearcats improved to 13-3 on the year. Tiffany Davenport added 14 points while Fultz pulled down 11 rebounds.
The Lady Bearcats overcame the possibility of a letdown after beating Shelby County the night before and did not allow the strain of several team members taking their ACT college entrance tests on Saturday morning affect their play.
“It wasn't easy,” Anderson coach Tony Kays said. “We were down 8-2 early and they got a 4-point lead early in the overtime but the girls found a way to win. We didn't panic and the girls kept working.”
Neither team was able to establish control, with neither team leading by more than four after the early going, according to Kays.
“They had a chance to win it at the end of regulation but our defense did not let them get a shot off before the buzzer,” Kays said.
Anderson caught a break near the end of regulation when Clark's leading scorer, Jewel Rogers, suffered a wrist injury and did not play in the overtime period. Rogers led Clark with 16 points.
Stoner turned in a career-best scoring night. The senior sank 8-of-9 free throws. “She had a real nice game,” Kays said. “At the end of the overtime, they were trying to work for a shot and she got her hand on the ball for a deflection. That was a huge play,” Kays said.
“This was a good win, coming back from beating Shelby.”
JV rallies for victory
The Anderson junior varsity trailed by five points to start the fourth quarter, but rallied to pull out a 44-42 victory over Clark in the preliminary game. Eriel McKee led Anderson with 23 points and 14 rebounds while Kenzie Cann scored 10 and Caroline McDowell added eight points.
Junior varsity wins over Shelby
The Anderson junior varsity rallied from a 21-18 deficit early in the fourth quarter to post a 32-25 win in the preliminary game, improving to 11-1 on the year. McKee had an outstanding game with 22 points, five rebounds and six gained possessions.