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Anderson boys romp past regional foe
Anderson County got back on the winning track Saturday night, whipping host Walton-Verona, 70-52.
The Bearcats romped past the regional rival, regrouping from the disappointment of a loss to Shelby County four nights earlier. They did it with a defense that forced 33 turnovers to overcome a sluggish start that saw Walton-Verona jump to a 10-2 lead.
“We either weren't ready to go or for some reason, didn't respect our opponent,” Anderson assistant coach Bryan Hyatt said. “We were also without (senior forward) Austin Linzy due to an illness. That might have affected that start.”
Hyatt said Walton-Verona's defensive game plan was simple: Make Jay Smith give up the ball.
“Their game plan was to trap Jay and get the ball out of his hands,” Hyatt said. “It was obvious that really bothered us.”
Hyatt noted that Anderson upped its pressure and made the game faster. “We used our bench and they played well. Sophomore Austin Cummins came off the bench to lead Anderson with 19 points. Junior Luke Mann, who had started early in the year but came off the bench against Shelby, also scored 19. Mann had started in Linzy's absence.
“We got good efforts out of Cummins, Josh Brown, Dusty Puckett, Darius Harvey off the bench. They really helped us get on track in the first half,” Hyatt said.
The Bearcats shut down Walton-Verona in the second half with Ross Cox shutting down Walton-Verona's best player. “It really allowed us to pressure everyone else,” Hyatt said. It was a good game because we got better. We got better because we established our depth. We have a bunch of young kids that can play and we have to embrace that
Holiday sports news deadlines announced
The Anderson News will be observing special deadlines for sports news during the Christmas-New Year's holiday season.
Submitted copy and photos for the Dec. 26 edition must be turned in to The News by 8 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. Anything submitted after that time will appear in the Jan. 2 edition.
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