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Region's coaches omit Anderson freshman

By John Herndon

When I heard the news that Anderson County’s Eriel McKee had not been named to the coaches’ All-Region team, I reacted like any normal person who has seen much girls’ basketball this year would.

“You ARE kidding, right?”

No kidding. When the 15-girl team was announced recently, there was no McKee on it.

It is unbelievable.

Anderson County’s Makenzie Cann and Sydney Brown, both very deserving, made the team. Owen County’s Rianna Gayheart, who has had a terrific year, was named the region’s Player of the Year.

But no McKee? Surely they are kidding.

Anderson coach Tony Kays was indignant about it Tuesday night when McKee scored 20 points and had 9 rebounds in Anderson’s romp past Oldham County in the opening round of the Eighth Region Tournament. “I guess Eriel is not good enough to make the all-region team but is good enough to dominate a team that had two players on it. You can quote me on that,” Kays said.

And I will challenge ANYONE, media, coach, player or anyone, to name 15 current players in the Eighth Region better than McKee.

Hint: You can’t do it.

McKee is Anderson’s third-leading scorer, second-leading rebounder and usually guards the other team’s best player.


However, if anyone pouts over the unbelievable snub, it would be counter-productive. The best answer for McKee and the Lady Bearcats would be to return to Diddle Arena as Eighth Region champs.

For the record, here is the girls’ all-region team, in the order selected, based on the regular season: Gayheart, Owen County; Hannah Devine, Carroll County; Jasmine Whitfield, South Oldham; Sydni Wainscott, Simon Kenton; Kelli Dixon, Walton-Verona; Aaliyah Wells, Collins; Makenzie Cann, Anderson County; Tori Willhoit, Williamstown; Mary Dye, South Oldham; Brooke Hill, Gallatin County; Sydney Brown, Anderson County; Ashley McMurtrey, Oldham County; Ericka Hardin, Oldham County; Raegan Black, Trimble County and Billie Hearn, Grant County.