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The Sports Buzz: Tuesday's results raise questions on how good Lady Cats are

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Saturday's victim upsets state's top-ranked team three nights later.

By John Herndon

I have been around the high school basketball block more times than I care to remember and learned a llllllllooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggg time ago that you can't put a lot of stock in comparative scores.

But they sure do make great talk fodder, don't they?

Take the Anderson County girls' team. The Lady Bearcats won their first two games, an overtime thriller over Lafayette, then an impressive wire-to-wire victory over Ballard.

On the surface they would seem like good wins over schools that have solid girls' basketball programs but are much more known for players like Dirk Minniefield and Tony Wilson or Jeff Lamp and Allan Houston.

Good girls' programs, but certainly not elite. Plus both teams were without key players when they played the Lady Bearcats.

But lo and behold, look what happened Tuesday night.

Lafayette fell to Franklin County, one of the 11th Region's best, in overtime. And in the shocker of shockers, Ballard beat top-ranked Manual in overtime.

Ballard had star Nicole Heitz back and she scored 18 points after sitting out the Anderson game with a turned ankle.

Still, it does make you wonder how good the Anderson girls really are.

They have a district game with Spencer County on Saturday afternoon, but will get a major test next Friday at Shelby County. That is a rivalry game and Shelby has had someone scouting at each of Anderson's games so far. (Someone from the Anderson coaching staff has been a regular at Shelby games too.)

The feeling is that with a team that starts two eighth-graders, Anderson wil be a team capable of beating just about every team on its schedule one night, then reversiing the results the next.