COLUMN - We know who will take last shot

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By John Herndon

The question posed to Glen Drury at the Kentucky Prep Classic was sincere, and to someone who had never seen Anderson County play, it was certainly legitimate.

It was about 15 minutes after Anderson lost to top-ranked Elliott County in overtime. The Bearcats sent the game to an extra period when Jacob Russell was unbelievably open for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

The exchange between a writer, whose knowledge of Anderson County basketball was probably limited to reading recruiting service news about C.J. Penny, and Anderson coach Glen Drury went something like this.

Writer asks, “Since Penny was double-teamed, was Russell your second option?”

Drury replies, “That play worked just like we drew it up.”

“But Penny was your first option and Elliott took him away, right?”

“No, Russell got free on a screen and the play worked just like we drew it up.”

After several other questions, the writer went back, “But Penny was your first option, wasn’t he?”

I asked Drury about what I witnessed again last week. He broke into a laugh and said, “Finally, I just told him, ‘Yes.’”

My point is not to criticize another writer. His question would be the same one many would ask if they had never seen Anderson County basketball over the past few years.

But the exchange was a perfect example of what your hometown newspaper can provide you.

There is a common statewide perception that Anderson County basketball is C.J. Penny, and folks, he’s awfully good. But those who see the Bearcats know they have many more weapons.

Being around the Bearcats so much, I knew that the play for the final shot would probably be designed for Russell first and Landon Jenkins second. After all, they are the team’s top 3-point shooters and I tried to watch for a screen out of the corner of my eye.

We do that because we are local. We endeavor to provide in-depth coverage of local sports to the best of our ability. We try to be fair and objective. You might like what we do, you might disagree. But we stay local.

Where else can you get Anderson County statistics leaders? Where else can you get comments from local coaches and players, offering their insight on a game? And where else can you learn that the son of one of your classmates is now coaching nearby.

We keep evolving in our sports coverage. Over the last few months we have added The Lineup, a brief listing of scores and stats from Anderson County sports. Toward the end of the football season, we began offering online slideshows of events we cover. While we are usually limited to one or two photos of an event in print, we routinely offer 15 or more on our website.

In addition, we have been posting slideshows of hunters and their big catches online.

And if you can’t wait until Wednesday’s paper to read about the top games of the week, we offer immediate updates on our website, giving the score and some brief information about the game or event.

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There may be even more exciting new features in the near future.

The Anderson News is proud to be your source for Anderson County news and sports. Unlike the big city dailies or Internet sites that rely on someone to supply the information, we are local.

And, you can rest assured that we will have an idea who will take the last shot.

E-mail John Herndon at jpherndon@theandersonnews.com.