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  • Lady Bearcats get down to business in district opener

    By John Herndon

    Sports Editor

    SHELBYVILLE -- By the time Anderson County’s girls’ basketball team opened its post-season journey last Tuesday, the news had already broken that several favored teams had gone down to defeat in district openers.

    The Lady Bearcats were not going to have any of that happening in the 30th District.

    Anderson exploded in the second quarter, outscoring Shelby County 21-5 over eight minutes, then cruised to a 49-26 win over Shelby County in last Tuesday’s district semifinal.

  • Sour taste fuels Bearcats’ sweet win over Spencer

    SHELBYVILLE -- Anderson County found a way to get rid of a sour taste in the Bearcats mouths in the 30th District opener.

    Still smarting from a 71-64 loss to Spencer County on their home court four weeks earlier, Anderson sweetened its season with some old fashioned meat and potatoes in the form of a 52-35 rout of Spencer last Wednesday at Collins High School.

    The Bearcats never trailed. They held Spencer, which had been scoring over 68 points a game, to only nine in the first half. Over the final 5:30 of the second quarter, the Bears shot nothing but blanks.

  • Birdwhistell named region’s Coach of the Year

    Anderson County High School girls’ basketball coach Clay Birdwhistell has been named the Eighth Region Coach of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches. It is the second time in three years at the helm of the Lady Bearcats that Birdwhistell has been so honored.

    He will be recognized at the girls’ Sweet 16 on Friday afternoon, March 10.

    Anderson repeated as 30th District champions and carried a 24-7 record into this week’s Eighth Region Tournament.

  • All-district team includes four Bearcats

    Four members of the Anderson County High School boys’ basketball team were named to the 30th District All-Tournament Team, announced after Friday’s championship game.

    Senior John Paul Garmon and juniors Cobe Penny, Christian Gritton and Dylan Pittman were named to the team, as selected by the district’s coaches.

    Others named to the team were Charlie Cochran, Jacob Feltner and Dayvion McKnight of Collins, Spencer County’s Bryson Cannon and Daniel Wheeler and Shelby County’s Jordan Armstrong and Tre’ Stalnaker.

  • Doing hoops ‘the right way’

    As the Anderson County boys celebrated beating Spencer County last Wednesday, the question was put before junior center Christian Gritton, “Do you know how long you have actually been working on this game?”

    Gritton broke into his trademark smile and admitted he didn’t really know.

    That’s OK, because the Bearcats’ execution was just another chapter in what should be a Hall of Fame career for Coach Glen Drury.

  • Lady Cats make date with Simon Kenton

    BUCKNER -- Even though It was almost a given that Anderson County would dispatch of Carroll County in the Girls’ Eighth Region Tournament Monday night, there was the obvious question if the Lady Bearcats would be looking ahead to Simon Kenton.

    Opening the game on a 17-0 run gave a quick answer to the doubters. The Lady Bearcats rolled to a 56-20 win in a regional opener that honestly was not even that close.

    The tournament is being held at Oldham County High School.

  • Four Lady Cats named All-Tournament

    Four members of the Anderson County High School girls’ basketball team were selected to the 30th District All-Tournament team. The honor squad was announced following the tournament championship game Friday night.

    Seniors Sammy Rogers and Alorra Sims were named to the squad along with sophomores Lauren Boblitt and Jaclynn Ruble.

    Others named to the team were Audrey Michels, Lauren Lambdin and Alyssa Howie of Spencer County; Hannah Renfro and Hallie Renfro of Collins; and Amie Conley and Zephy Gray of Shelby County.

  • Bearcats open regional play against Eminence Thursday

    The Anderson County High School boys' basketball team opens Eighth Region play Thursday night against 31st District runner-up Eminence. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. at Henry County High School.

    The contest is the first of the lower bracket quarterfinals. Walton-Verona plays South Oldham in the other lower bracket game. Wednesday's games see Gallatin County playing Williamstown followed by Oldham County and Collins.

  • Bearcat ‘gamers’ claim second consecutive title

    SHELBYVILLE – He had actually been reflecting on Anderson County’s district semifinal win, but Bryan Hyatt was also prophetic.

    “I don’t know that we have ever had so many gamers on one team,” Hyatt had said last Wednesday. “When the big lights are on, they are ready.”

  • Lady Cats continue legacy with another crown

    SHELBYVILLE – There were times when it looked like Anderson County was just trying to make things interesting in the girls’ 30th District basketball tournament final last Friday.

    As it turned out, the Lady Bearcats earned their second consecutive district championship and their eighth in nine years with a workmanlike 60-46 win over Spencer County at Collins High School.