Friday, Askren has ACL surgery Saturday, she leads archery team with high score

Anna Askren has spent the last four years at Pendleton County High School devoted to the school through athletics and extracurricular activities. Last season, she was a rare four-sport athlete.

This year, she played soccer and was the second leading scorer and leading rebounder for the Ladycat basketball team. At the same time, she was a key member of the Pendleton County archery team.

But her basketball career came to a sudden halt shortly before the district tournament with a partial tear of her ACL.

While the doctor would not give her clearance to play basketball, she did seek and got clearance to sit in a chair and continue her archery career.

“I knew I’d be in a leg brace and crutches for a while. Shooting in a chair is a lot different than standing, so I had to make quite a few changes. Coach Myers, Buck and Carter helped me make the adjustments. I’m still not quite sure how I shot my best score but I’m glad I could help the team out,” Askren humbly said.

“The quote of the day about Anna was ‘She must have some Amazon blood in her,” compared her coach David Myers to the legendary race of superhero females.

While Askren was playing the role of Wonder Woman in fighting off injury to lead her team with a high score of 284, the Pendleton team has been filled with more than just one Amazon.

Kirkland Brannen also notched a 284 and joined Askren in the top 10 scores among high school females.

Shelby Shaefer tallied a 279, Ana McFarland a 275, Kennedy Dunn 273, Brooklyn McKinney 271 and Emma Record a 271 as seven female archers made up the top twelve for Pendleton County’s team score.

This bodes well for the Ladycat archery team as the KHSAA just recently changed the region format. Schools can choose to enter an all-male team and an all-female team or a coed team. Pendleton County has chosen to enter two teams, one male and one female.

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