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Anderson duo takes on Indiana in All-Star series

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By John Herndon

Makenzie Cann and Eriel McKee have two more high school basketball games.

The top two scorers in Anderson County High School history are members of the Kentucky All-Star team that will take on the Indiana All-Stars in the annual summer series this weekend.

The series is set to resume Friday at the Beck Center on the campus of Transylvania University in Lexington. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The teams move to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the second game of the series Saturday. That tip is also scheduled for 5 p.m.

Indiana leads the all-time series 42-34. Kentucky, however, has won five of the last seven. The teams split last year.

The boys' all-star teams will play in the second game each night.

McKee and Cann are the first two Anderson County graduates to be selected for the girls' game, which began in 1975. Some greats that have played in the series on the Kentucky side include former WNBA stars Ukari Figgs and Lisa Harrison. Former University of Kentucky star A'dia Mathies also played for Kentucky. Among the former Indiana Miss Basketballs who have played in the series are WNBA star Skylar Diggins and current Kentucky Wildcat Bria Goss.

The boys' series dates to 1940 and is the oldest such all-star rivalriy in the nation. Greats such as Darrell Griffith, Mike Casey and Rex Chapman have played for Kentucky while Indiana's greats have included George McGinnis, Steve Alford and Bobby Plump, whose high school team inspired the movie “Hoosiers.” Former Kentucky Wildcats Kyle Macy and Marquis Teague also played for the Indiana All-Stars.

Both Anderson players graduated from high school Thursday of last week. Cann had already moved to the University of Cincinnati, where she will play college basketball. She is somewhat unsure of her status for the game as she has not been able to work out with the All-Stars in mini-camps. A mysterious illness slowed Cann all season, but she says the reason for that has apparently been discovered. She said last week that she had not been given clearance to play in the series, but added, “I should be still playing all stars unless the doctor calls and tells me not to.”

McKee does not have to report to Morehead State University until later this summer. She is expected to be one of Kentucky's most athletic players and could give Indiana problems in the open court.

Indiana will be led by Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings of Logansport. Jennings, a 5-5 guard, has signed with the University of Iowa. The Anderson duo is familiar with at least one Indiana star, Tyler Goodall of Columbus North, which defeated Anderson in December. Goodall will be attending Florida Gulf Coast.