2011-02-24 / Sports

Henry Surpasses 1,000-Point Plateau

Tanner Henry
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Touted by his coaches and fellow players as a team player, Forbes Road’s Tanner Henry has all of the qualities necessary to be a leader on and off the basketball court – unselfish; a good eye for the open shot; a positive outlook; and hardworking.

It’s certainly no wonder the 18-year-old center recently reached and surpassed the 1,000-point plateau at Forbes Road Junior/Senior High School where his name will be recorded as the 23rd Cardinal to hit the important career milestone.

Looking back at last Tuesday’s game against the Hyndman Hornets where he needed 27 points to reach the 1,000-point mark, Henry stated he fought off some initial nerves in the opening quarter and ended the night with 28 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

Henry, the son of Eddie and Melissa Henry of Clear Ridge, told the “News” that over the years he typically has not been a big scorer in the first period. In fact, even though he has ended the majority of the 2010-11 regular season games in double figures, he usually only nets at most six points in the opening period.

Henry, however, still dubs his nerves as being a “good kind” of nerves and finds them dissipating once he “gets into the flow of the game.”

“I just love being out on the court. I’m not really a nervous person, but when I do, it’s a good nervous that says I’m ready to play,” Henry stated.

At six-foot, three inches and 195 pounds, the lanky center for the Cardinals said at the start of the season reaching 1,000 points wasn’t on his mind. Taking front and center in Henry’s thoughts, though, was the notion of having a new District 5-A banner adorning the walls of the Cardinals’ nest. Just as high up on the list of things to do this season was surviving the long practice hours; lots of running and weight lifting; and improving his drive to the basket.

“I drive the ball a lot better this year. I’ve been doing a lot more of it toward the end of this season,” said Henry. “Last year we counted a lot on our guards for their shooting and drives to the basket.”

When he learned only midway through the season he needed approximately 200 points to reach his goal, Henry was unsure if he would make it. Although when the big day finally arrived, he reported he sadly didn’t have enough gas left in the tank to dunk his 1,000th point.

Now gearing up for postseason play and the opening round of playoffs Thursday against Shanksville, Henry firmly believes his team has what it takes to make it to the championship round. Their hours of playing together and a good team chemistry where everyone knows their roles will take them all the way, said Henry, who knows that being greedy with the ball will not win games, but passing up a shot for an even better one will.

Predicting Southern Fulton will be the Cardinals’ competitors, Forbes Road has already suffered two close losses to the Indians in regular season play. The most recent loss by three points was just last week, and Henry said passing, foul shooting and all of the little things that occur during the course of a game can quickly add up to a team loss or a team victory.

Giving consideration to his future, Henry has given much thought to playing college hoops or at the minimum staying active through basketball recreation. He also hopes to attend California University where he can narrow down his choices for a career.

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