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ONLINE EXTRA: Lady Mustangs score early routs

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By John Herndon

Most fans would say there is no way that a basketball game that ends in a 54-3 final can be pretty.

People that follow the Anderson County Middle School girls' team would beg to differ, especially after the Lady Mustangs dismantled visiting Spencer County last Tuesday night. It would seem they find beauty in being like Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.

“Junkyard dogs,” was part of Anderson coach Clay Birdwhistell's tweet about the game.

Anderson led 30-0 at the half and cruised to the win.

“I thought our kids played with a lot of passion,” Birdwhistell said. “We talk all the time about we are going to defend like a bunch of junk yard dogs, and tonight we accomplished that.  I'm really pleased that we were able to play our bench 2/3 of the game and still maintain our energy.  This bunch isn't flashy, with some of the exotic presses, like we've had kids do in the past.  In a way, they are kind of a throw-back team.  We are going to meet your at half court and we're going to guard you man-to-man for 24 minutes.   If they can commit to competing everyday in practice and playing every game with passion, they have an opportunity to be a special bunch.”

Anderson rolled to a 52-17 win in the B-team game and the Lady Mustang sixth-graders posted a 24-14 victory.

The Lady Mustangs put together a stellar second-half defensive effort Thursday at St. Charles for a 36-15 win. Anderson outscored the hosts 20-1 in the second half.

The B-team also won 29-23, while the sixth-graders posted an 18-8 victory.