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Today's Sports

  • Cold night, hot Bearcats

    OWENTON – Forget the deep freeze outside. Anderson County knew how to heat things up last Thursday.

    On a night when the outside temperature was bottoming out near or below zero, the Bearcats turned up the heat to dismantle host Owen County, 67-49. Leading 25-24 at the half, Anderson scored the first nine points of the third quarter, then cruised to a victory over a team considered to be a dark horse contender for the Eighth Region championship.

  • A real classic, but unfinished...

    MOUNT STERLING – Less than 20 minutes after his team had just scared the bejeebers out of top-ranked Elliott County, Glen Drury was not satisfied.

    His Anderson County team had just dropped a 76-72 overtime decision on the big stage before a crowd of better than 3,000 at the Kentucky Prep Classic and had earned some long-overdue but well-deserved statewide respect. Yet, Drury also knew the Bearcats had a 17-point first half lead evaporate Saturday evening.

  • Girls fall short against Dunbar

    Anderson County battled 21st-ranked Paul Laurence Dunbar in a tough 48-37 home-court loss in girls’ high school basketball action Friday night.

    The Lady Bearcats had a fighting chance early on. Junior Kara Yeaste hit a 3-pointer to close the first quarter, putting her team ahead 12-9 as the quarter came to a close.  

    But the tide soon changed in the first-ever matchup between the programs.  Dunbar tied the score at 19 to end the first half.  

  • Bearcats rally to beat North...

    Anderson County overcame a 10-point deficit in the final three minutes to defeat visiting North Oldham 69-67 Tuesday night.

    The teams were ranked at the top of the Eighth Region entering the contest.

    North Oldham led 61-51 with three minutes remaining and was still in front 66-60 when Mustang star Tyler St. Julien went over Jacob Russell’s back for his fifth foul.

    Russell sank both ends of the double-bonus, then on  the ensuing possession, came up with a steal and  fed C.J. Penny for a layup.

  • COLUMN - We know who will take...

    The question posed to Glen Drury at the Kentucky Prep Classic was sincere, and to someone who had never seen Anderson County play, it was certainly legitimate.

    It was about 15 minutes after Anderson lost to top-ranked Elliott County in overtime. The Bearcats sent the game to an extra period when Jacob Russell was unbelievably open for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

    The exchange between a writer, whose knowledge of Anderson County basketball was probably limited to reading recruiting service news about C.J. Penny, and Anderson coach Glen Drury went something like this.

  • Second half surge pushes...

    OWENTON – Anderson County used a 9-0 run to open the second half, then went on to register an impressive 67-49 win over host Owen County Thursday night.

    Anderson, which improved to 11-4, pulled away from a 25-24 halftime lead to lead 34-24 in just over two minutes. Anderson went on to outscore Owen 22-6 in the third quarter and was never seriously threatened again.

    The lead grew to as many as 22 points on two occasions before Owen pulled within 12 inside the final 90 seconds.

  • Young heroes spark girls past...

    BUCKNER – An unlikely upset bid ended because of some unlikelier heroes Friday night.

    Anderson County overcame a four-point deficit in the final three minutes to stave off Oldham County 45-40 Friday night. Anderson, now 10-1, probably would have gone down if not for the play of freshman Sydney Brown and seventh-grader Eriel McKee.

    Coming off the bench, Brown scored 10 points, eight in the fourth quarter of her best outing of the season.

  • More regional foes awaiting...

    A pair of teams perceived to be threats to Anderson County’s top-dog status in the Eighth Region await the Bearcats in the coming week.

    Anderson travels to a puzzling Owen County team Thursday, Jan. 15. A year ago, Owen created a bit of a buzz within the region, winning eight straight in the final weeks of the season and posting an 18-10 record.

    The Rebels nearly upset eventual champion Shelby County in the Eighth Region Tournament’s first round as well.

  • Lots of burgers, more great teams

    Thanks to the Anderson County boys’ basketball team, I’ve put a bunch of miles on my car, eaten too many fast food dinners and had more late Monday deadlines than my Anderson News colleagues – and my wife – really want to remember.

    Because of this job, not only have I seen the Bearcats live up to their pre-season billing as the Eighth Region’s top team, I have had the privilege of being able to see some of the best high school teams in Kentucky. I just hope the company’s accounting department understands.

  • Bearcats upset bid falls short,...

    MOUNT STERLING – Elliott County erased a 17-point deficit with a 23-2 scoring run then overcame some late-game Anderson County heroics to score a 76-72 overtime win over the Bearcats in the Kentucky Prep Classic at Montgomery County High School.