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Anderson County had one of the largest cheering sections at the Girls' Sweet 16 last week in Bowling Green. Many of the Bearcat faithful shared their their feelings about the Lady Bearcats' quest for a state championship with Anderson News staff member Tamara Smith. Even though they fell short of their goal, Lady Bearcat fans still held them as No. 1 in their hearts.
“This has, of course, been the talk of the school. All of our teachers and students are very excited. I feel like we'll have a big student section and lots of fans. It's neat that we are playing back-to-back years in the Sweet 16 and having two Miss Basketball candidates makes it even better.”
--Anderson County High School principal Chris Glass.
“Getting to watch my sister play three times in the state tournament has been pretty cool.”
--Madison Burgin, sister of Anderson County senior Alex Avritt
“Any time that an Anderson County team makes it this far it is fun to come and watch the competition that we're up against. This is all worth making the trip.”
--Anderson County alumnus Alex Barnett
“I've grown up with these girls. This group has always been determined to make it to this level.”
--Anderson County High School student Amanda McDonald.
“This is a wonderful experience for these hard-working ladies who are representing their community well with both their basketball skills and their character. Having two young daughters of my own involved in basketball, this makes me look forward to the future. I can't wait to bet back to Diddle!”
“Coach (Tony) Kays and his staff should be commended for what they've accomplished over the last four years. What these young ladies have done will be long remembered by Bearcat fans.”
--Former Anderson County High School coach and assistant principal Steve Barriger
“I wouldn't miss this chance to watch these students that I've taught in the past having the successes that I've always preached to them about.”
“Following the Lady Bearcats to the Sweet 16 for the past two years has been such a great memory for my family. They are a wonderful group of players and even better young ladies. I hope that my own girls will emulate them when they become high school basketball players.”
“I am proud that our team is known statewide.”
“This makes me proud to be from Lawrenceburg! Go Bearcats!”
“It's just awesome!”
--Random comments heard in the Anderson cheering section.