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No doubt about Lady Bearcats' dominance

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Anderson scores 46 straight points in rout of Shelby County

By John Herndon

There are many ways for a basketball team to show it is better than the opponent, but a 46-0 run?

You do not have to call your optometrist. You read that right.

46-0.

Forty-six straight points.

That's what Anderson County, one of the haves in the Eighth Region this year, did to Shelby County, a team that had just won its first game of the season the night before. When it was over, the Lady Bearcats had posted a 61-22 win, their 16th straight against 30th District competition.

Forty-six straight points.

And it might not have been anywhere close to the best Anderson has played this year. But from the 3:36 mark of the first quarter, when Mackenzie Cann drove the baseline for the Lady Bearcats' first basket, 3:09 was left in the third quarter. That's when Shelby County's Katie Hudgins hit a pair of free throws to end the string.

But things had long been decided. Anderson coach Tony Kays had already cleared his bench as 10 different Lady Bearcats scored. Cann led everyone with 20 points. Hudgins paced Shelby with nine.

Oddly enough, when Anderson finished its 46-0 run, it only pushed the lead to 46-6. “I wasn't worried,” Anderson coach Tony Kays said of his team's early 6-0 deficit. We started a little sluggish.”

But when the Lady Bearcats got focused, it was not pretty against a team that is actually just a bit younger than Anderson's team.
“I would like to think we have the experience to approach each game in a business-like manner,” Kays said. “We came out and took care of business.”

Kays pulled his starters and top reserve Danielle Watson with 4:57 left in the third quarter. Everyone on the roster played extensive minutes and 10 different Anderson players scored.

The lead grew to as much as 56-11 late in the game.

Anderson could play Shelby again in the 30th District Tournament, to be held at Spencer County. Shelby will play Eminence in a first round game, with the winner taking on Anderson in the semi-finals. The tourney schedule has not been will be finalized after all district games are played.

Anderson County 71, Bardstown 40
Tuesday, Anderson raced to a 19-4 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 71-40 win over a good Bardstown team that had made it to the championship game of the Fifth Region All-A Classic the week before.

“We came out and jumped all over them,” Kays said. “They had some injuries and we were able to take advantage.”

The Lady Bearcats shut down Bardstown's transition game, focusing on that aspect of the game after failing four nights before at South Oldham.

“We had a sense of urgency in practice (after the South Oldham game),” Kays said. “The kids came out and took care of business.”

Cann led Anderson with 16 points, while Sydney Brown added 13. Eleven different Lady Bearcats scored. “We had a good ball game,” Kays said. “Everyone from top to bottom had a good night.”