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Anderson County High School girls' basketball players Eriel McKee and Makenzie Cann have been named to the Kentucky All-Star team that will play Indiana in a two-game series this summer.
The Kentucky roster was announced last Thursday. Cann and McKee joined 10 other players from around the state on the team. They are the first girls from Anderson County to be named to the Kentucky All-Stars since the girls' game began in 1976.
The boys' part of the all-star series began in 1940 and is considered the longest-running border rivalry in high school basketball. Six boys from Anderson County and one from Lawrenceburg High have been selected to play in the game over the years. The most recent was C.J. Penny in 2009.
The Anderson duo played against six of their Kentucky teammates during the recently completed season. Jennifer Parsons, of Corbin, will coach the team.
While the girls' series has not enjoyed the luster of the boys' games, it is the far more balanced rivalry.
The games will be played on June 13 at Transylvania University's Beck Center and the following night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
“Of course it's special it's an honor to represent Anderson County, especially, for both of us,” Cann said in a message from her Facebook account. “They've given us so much and it's a honor to represent them.”
In recent years, stars such as A'dia Mathies and Antonita Slaughter appeared in the Kentucky lineup while the Indiana stars have boasted talents such as Bria Goss, now at the University of Kentucky, and Skylar Diggins, who led Notre Dame to a pair of NCAA championship game appearances.
“I wanted to play in it for sure,” Cann said. “It's a big honor. I'm blessed to be selected and come after some of those great players.”
An attempt to reach McKee on Easter Sunday was not successful.
“Both very deserving of all and any awards and recognition. Very few players are given opportunity to play in such a prestigious game,” said Anderson coach Tony Kays. “I'm just very happy for both of them.”
The Anderson duo was also named to the prestigious Courier-Journal All State team, announced in Sunday's edition of the state's largest newspaper.
The voting was done by the state's coaches. A week earlier, Cann and McKee were named first-team all state by the Lexington Herald-Leader, giving them a sweep of the most prestigious of the various all-state teams.