ANDERSON, Ind. —
That youth also has been a benefit to the program, however.
Senior guard Kenya Wilkerson is the only player to have called the Wigwam home, and this will be the first class of Indians to have spent all four years in the consolidated high school.
“These guys, for the most part, don’t really know about any of that stuff,” Nadaline said. “This is their home.”
The days of high schools fielding a starting five comprised of players who grew up in the same neighborhood have long since passed.
Anderson — like every other school in the state — will continue to lose students to rival systems. Competition within the city limits alone continues to heat up with the rise of Liberty Christian and Anderson Preparatory Academy.
Challenges on and off the court will never subside.
But Cook and Nadaline have proven through their hard work — and the dedication of their players — that this new version of Anderson High School can thrive.
“Success breeds success,” Cook said. “The more we win, hopefully the more girls will want to be players for the Lady Tribe or guys want to be Anderson Indians.”