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  • Lady Bearcats leave nothing to...

    CRESTWOOD – There was no way Anderson County was going to be an early March victim Monday night.

    Even though the Lady Bearcats were pitted against a nice little Carroll County team that some thought might be an Eighth Region tournament spoiler, there was no way that Anderson was going to be the victim of a shocking upset at South Oldham High School.

  • District Sweep

    The mission is far from accomplished, but the first leg was mighty good for Anderson County.

    The Bearcats captured their second 30th District championship in three years Friday night, building a double-digit lead, then holding off Shelby County with clutch free throwing for a 55-49 victory.

    A standing room only crowd estimated at 2,300 people squeeze in to the Anderson County High School gym to watch a pair of battle-tested and fierce rivals go at it for the second time this year. Anderson won the first one, 46-42, on Jan. 3.

    Round two did not disappoint.

  • Determined Lady Cats take first...

    Tony Kays leaned back in his office chair, then broke into a huge smile.

    “This feels as good as if we had beaten anyone else,” he said, reflecting on capturing his Anderson County’s first 30th District championship under his watch.

    Anderson had just thumped a good Spencer County team 66-51 for the Lady Bearcats’ first post-season crown of any kind since 1978. Kays was in college and many of the Lady Bearcats’ parents were still in high school, if that old.

  • Winners, however you look at it

    Lee Ruggles could not look.

    The fact that over 4,000 other eyeballs were affixed to her son standing 15 feet from the basket with Anderson County clinging to a 50-49 lead in the 30th District tournament championship game only made matters worse.

    Only 19.5 seconds were left on the clock.

    Lee Ruggles could not look, would not look. Turning her head left when Will Ruggles was off to her right, she closed her eyes. No chance on seeing a reflection on the opposite backboard.

  • Bearcats one step from Sweet 16

    NEW CASTLE -- Anderson County limited Owen County to nine second half points as the Bearcats posted a 45-28 win in an Eighth Region tournament semifinal game Monday night at Henry County High School.

    Trailing a dangerous club 19-17 at the half, Anderson scored the first 12 points of the third quarter to virtually stamp their ticket to the regional championship game.

  • Simon Kenton ends Lady Bearcat...

    CRESTWOOD -- Simon Kenton dominated Anderson County from the outset, ending the Lady Bearcats' Sweet 16 dreams with a 67-40 win in the Eighth Region championship game Saturday at South Oldham High School.

    Simon Kenton jumped to an 8-0 lead in the first two minutes and rolled to its second consecutive regional title game win over the Lady Bearcats. “They came out focused and were clicking on all cylinders both offensively and defensively,” said Anderson County coach Tony Kays.

  • Lady Bearcats move on to...

    CRESTWOOD – The Anderson County girls' basketball team exploded early to advance to the Eighth Region tournament championship game for the second consecutive year.

    The Lady Bearcats built an unbelievable 25-3 halftime lead, then cruised to a 52-28 romp over host South Oldham on Friday night. The Lady Bearcats were never as much as tied and held South Oldham without a field goal in the first half.

    Tiffany Davenport led Anderson with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while seventh-grader Eriel McKee scored 10 points and snared 10 rebounds.

  • Bearcats defeat North Oldham,...

    NEW CASTLE – Anderson County owned the final six minutes to defeat North Oldham 52-42 in the first round of the Eighth Region tournament at Henry County High School on Wednesday night.

    Tied at 35, Anderson coach Glen Drury called timeout with 6:07 to play. Twenty-two seconds later, Jacob Russell scored in the lane to give the Bearcats a lead they never relinquished.

    Anderson held the high-scoring Mustangs to 35 points below their average. “That is our trademark,” said Drury.

  • Bearcats at head of 8th Region...

    All season long, the consensus has been that Anderson County should be at the head of the class when it comes to the boys’ Eighth Region title chase.

    And that consensus has been that two teams, Shelby County and North Oldham, are the biggest threats to Anderson’s first trip to the state tournament since 1997.

    Little has happened to change anyone’s mind.

  • Sunday could be biggest day of...

    There will be no opening taps, 3-pointers, slam dunks or nutty fan sections, but Sunday might just be the biggest day of the year in high school basketball.

    At least for Anderson County, both the Bearcats and Lady Bearcats, the most important moment of their quests for a state tournament berth will be when coaches Glen Drury and Tony Kays, or someone else in the Anderson contingent selects the pill that will determine where the teams will be bracketed in the Eighth Region tournament.