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No. 2 wins with the 3

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Bearcats’ 12 3-pointers overwhelm the Rockets

By Josh Cook

The Shelby County girls’ basketball team was buried by a barrage of long-range bombs on Wednesday night.

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Visiting Anderson County hit 12 3-pointers – as it outscored the Rockets 36-6 from beyond the arc – on the way to a 69-36 30th District victory at Mike Casey Gymnasium.

“They shot it extremely well,” Shelby County Coach Mike Sowers said of the Bearcats. “Even if we played picture perfect, I don’t know if that would’ve been enough.”  

Anderson County (18-1, 4-0), the No. 2 team in The Associated Press Top 10, had one more 2-pointer (13) than 3-pointer, hitting three 3s in the first quarter, two in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth on the way to its 10th victory in a row.  

“They had shots raining from all over,” Sowers said.

Bearcats sophomore guard Corrin Robinson was the lead long bomber, hitting six 3-pointers. She had three in the first period, helping Anderson County open up a 17-7 lead.

The Rockets (11-8, 2-2) rallied in the second period, though. They actually had outscored the Bearcats in the quarter until Anderson County hit a pair of baskets just before intermission to go up 32-16.  

“We gave up a layup and an offensive rebound right at the end of the half, two really big plays,” Sowers said. “Not to say that they were game-winners, but they were definitely momentum changers.”

The Bearcats then outscored Shelby County, 17-11, in the third quarter and 20-9 in the fourth as the 3-point barrage continued.

Anderson County junior forward Eriel McKee, who didn’t hit a 3-pointer, scored a game-high 19 points. Robinson added 18, all on 3s, and junior guard Mackenzie Cann contributed 13. 

“They remind me of a lot of the teams I used to face [in Lexington],” said Sowers, who previously coached at Paul Dunbar. “They’re very experienced, very good and very deep.”

About the only thing Anderson didn’t do well was shoot free throws. The Bearcats made only 7 of 15 (46.7 percent).

For the Rockets, sophomore forward Mackenzie Raizor scored a team-high 11 points, and freshman forward Justus Martin added 10. Sophomore forward Savannah Raizor chipped in with seven points for Shelby, which had 10 field goals (including two 3-pointers) and was 14-for-21 (66.7 percent) from the foul line.

“I really think we handled their pressure extremely well,” Sowers said. “We just didn’t execute well in the half-court.”

Shelby County plays another district game tonight at Spencer County. The Rockets have won two in a row against the Bears, beating them, 62-59, on Dec. 18 and last season, 61-60. Spencer County won the last meeting in Taylorsville (44-27 on Jan. 3, 2011), though.

“It’s always a battle in this district when you go on the road,” Sowers said.  

The Rockets then play Washington County at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Autism Awareness Classic at Marion County.