GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Lady Bearcat stars take part in all-star series

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Cann commits to Cincinnati

By John Herndon

The experience was good but the end result left room for improvement for Anderson County girls' basketball players Eriel McKee and Makenzie Cann.


The rising seniors were part of the Kentucky Junior All-Star team that played Indiana in a two-game set earlier this month. Indiana won both games, leaving the pair and their teammates with a mission to seek some revenge in the series next summer.

Both players are considered to be Miss Basketball candidates.

“It was a great experience to meet other girls that were also the best in Kentucky,” said McKee. “I made new friends and really enjoyed it.”

Cann added, “I had a lot of fun. Several of the girls, I already knew through AAU and it was fun to get to spend some time with them. It was an honor knowing we were chosen to represent Kentucky for the 2014 class.”

The positive for both McKee and Cann was the opportunity to go against the best in both Kentucky and Indiana. After the series, the juniors also scrimmaged the Kentucky senior all-stars, who split their series with the Hoosiers.

“The competition was a lot stronger,” McKee said.

“It was a lot like AAU,” Cann added.

The two leading scorers in Lady Bearcat history also got the experience to play the game differently. McKee, normally a small forward for Anderson, played guard for most of the series. “I did pretty good each game,” she said. “I normally don't play guard, so it was different.”

Cann played more on the floor than normal. Even though she is 6-foot-1, shooting guard is Cann's natural position, but often has to play near the basket for Anderson. “Sometimes, I get stuck down there just because I am tall,” she quipped.

The down side is that the Kentucky team was swept in the two-year old junior series. However, Cann is looking forward to next summer already.

“It was a great chance to represent Anderson County and Kentucky,” she said. “Hopefully, we will be back next year.”


Cann commits to Cincinnati

Cann, who had been a target of several Division I schools, announced her intentions to sign with the University of Cincinnati on Saturday.

Cann made the announcement on her Twitter account Saturday night. “Officially verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati!!!” she said. “Once a Bearcat always a Bearcat!”

Cincinnati, which competed in the Big East since 2005, will join The American Athletic Conference in July. The team is coached by Jamelle Elliott. The Bearcats went 12-18 last year and were 4-13 against Big East foes. The Bearcats defeated Northern Kentucky, Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky in non-conference games.

An attempt to reach Cann for comment on her commitment before press deadlines was unsuccessful.


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