McKee guides Anderson County past McMurtrey, Oldham County

McKee guides Anderson County past McMurtrey, Oldham County


McKee guides Anderson County past McMurtrey, Oldham County



Morehead State signee Eriel McKee scored 24 points to lead No. 2 Anderson County past Oldham County 62-42 Saturday in an Eighth Region girls’ basketball tournament semifinal at Grant County High School.

“We’ve gotten used to it; she’s been doing it all year long,” Anderson County coach Tony Kays said of McKee. “She makes things happen, she’s always around the ball.”

The Lady Bearcats had to overcome a big effort by Oldham County’s Ashley McMurtrey — her game-high 26 points helped keep the Lady Colonels in it early — but Oldham County ultimately couldn’t keep up.

“They’re so deep,” coach Jace Bryant said of Anderson County. “They’ve got so many shooters.”

In the region’s other semifinal, No. 5 Simon Kenton put four players in double figures to beat Gallatin County 78-61. Simon Kenton and Anderson County will play for the regional title at 3 p.m. today.

McMurtrey and McKee traded salvos in the first quarter, and early on it was the Oldham County senior who got the best of it.

McKee opened the game with a 3-pointer, but a steal and back-to-back baskets by McMurtrey helped the Lady Colonels to a 6-3 lead with 4:20 left in the opening quarter, during which there were three ties and three lead changes.

McKee closed the quarter with a third-chance basket, her hustle creating the score, but Oldham County led 14-12 and McMurtrey had 10 points to McKee’s nine.

Oldham County increased its lead to 16-12 on a steal and layup by McMurtrey to open the second quarter. But Anderson County then took over.

A basket by McKee cut the deficit to two. She then had an assist on an old-fashioned three-point play by Jessica Rice that gave the Lady Bearcats a 17-16 lead with 6:06 left in the half, a lead they never relinquished.

That 5-0 surge was part of a 15-2 run by Anderson County to close out the half. McKee added a 3-pointer, followed by a put-back trailing a missed fast-break layup, which made it 26-18 with a minute left in the half. It was 27-18 at the break.

Defensive pressure helped Anderson County (26-4) get out to a fast start in the third quarter. Two steals by Rice — one of which led to a McKee 3-pointer — helped the Lady Bearcats to a 32-18 lead a minute into the half.

“We switched defenses to start the second half and got some steals and transition baskets,” said Kays.

“Their defensive pressure gave us some trouble,” Bryant said.

Down by 14, Oldham County fought back. A 3-pointer by McMurtrey started an 11-2 run, capped when she scored at the 3:55 mark to make it 34-29.

Anderson County’s Corrin Robinson answered with one of her four 3-pointers to make it 37-29. When McKee added a steal, an offensive rebound and two baskets in the final minute, the Lady Bearcats led 43-32 going into the fourth quarter.

Robinson added two 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter as Anderson County pulled out to a 51-34 lead with 6:20 left in the game.

McMurtrey continued to work — her 3-pointer and three-point play helped Oldham County (16-10) close to 54-40 with 4:57 left — but the Lady Colonels would get no closer.

Robinson finished with 13 points for Anderson County.

First semifinal

* Abby Owings and Christina Cook scored 18 points each to lead Simon Kenton.Simon Kenton 78, Gallatin County 61:

The Lady Pioneers led 17-11 after the first quarter and held a 40-30 lead at the break.

Sarah Tomlin added 15 points and Rachel Cox scored 12 as Simon Kenton improved to 29-3.

Gallatin County (20-8) was led by Danielle Wesley’s 21 points.


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