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BASKETBALL: Coaches name Cann, McKee all-state

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Anderson County High School girls' basketball players Makenzie Cann and Eriel McKee continue to receive major accolades for their individual excellence during the greatest season in Lady Bearcat history.

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Following a year that saw Anderson go 34-2 and reach the semi-finals of the state tournament, McKee and Cann have been honored as selections to both of the major all-state teams. Both were honored as members of the Louisville Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader teams announced in Sunday's editions of the state's largest newspapers.

Cann was named first team All-State in the Herald-Leader, the only junior so named. She was named second team all-state in the Courier-Journal balloting.

McKee was a second team all-state selection in the Herald-Leader and third team in the Courier-Journal.

Voting for both teams was done by the state's coaches. Marion County's Makayla Epps, already selected as Miss Basketball, was the leading vote-getter on both teams.

Cann is Anderson's first all-state first team selection since Kathy Goins in 1979. She was not expecting to be picked as a first-teamer. “The talent level in the class of 2013 is phenomenal,” Cann said. “It's an honor to be in the same group as the other nine girls who were selected.”

Cann, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, is Anderson's second leading all-time scorer and has the career record for three-point shots. She averaged better than 15 points a game last winter.

Cann has several Division I scholarship offers.

McKee, already Anderson's all-time leading girls' basketball scorer, was a bit of an unknown statewide before the state tournament as she has not played much summer basketball in previous years. However, the 5-10 junior forward was devastating in the Lady Bearcats' win over Henderson County in the opener.

She is obviously well-known now.

McKee's stock rose dramatically in the state tournament and several colleges are very interested in her services.

Cann and McKee both return to an Anderson team that is likely to be ranked in the state's Top Five and possibly, No. 1, next fall. Both are expected to be strong contenders for the state's Miss Basketball award and both have been selected to the Kentucky Junior All-Star team that will take on Indiana this summer.

 

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