Regional foe to test Lady Bearcats

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By John Herndon

Anderson County will get a feel for one of the teams expected to challenge the Lady Bearcats for the Eighth Region championship when Owen County comes to town on Saturday afternoon. It will be the first of two regular-season meetings between the Lady Bearcats and Lady Rebels.

But first, the Lady Bearcats will host Western Hills on Thursday night, Jan. 20. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

“I don't know a lot about Western Hills,” Anderson coach Tony Kays says. “I have not seen them. I might have to get a scouting report from Danielle Watson.”

At 6-8 through the weekend's games, Western Hills has been as up-and-down as the record suggests. One loss that stands out is a 41-40 setback at Collins, the same team that played Anderson to a seven-point game on Saturday.

Saturday at 1:30 p.m., the Lady Bearcats host Owen County, which boasts the player some feel is the best in the Eighth Region, junior guard Rianna Gayheart.

“Owen County has a really nice team,” Kays said of the Rebels. “This will be a tough game for us.”

It will be especially difficult if junior Eriel McKee, the team's defensive stopper, is not cleared to play.

According to statistics provided to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, Gayheart is averaging 18 points a game and is hitting on 46.3 percent of her shots. She also hits a couple of 3-pointers each game and is accurate on 72 percent of her free throws.

Sophomore guard Hannah Neeley is the Rebels' only other double-figure scorer, coming in at just under 12 points a game.

Owen, 11-3 through the weekend's games, might have been looking ahead a bit when the Rebels lost to Williamstown in the semi-finals of the Eighth Region All-A Classic last week. Chances are the Lady Rebels will not be looking ahead Saturday afternoon.