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Cox, Garland and VanHoose inducted

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. -- A Hazard hoops legend, a three-time state champion with Laurel County and a 3,000-point scorer from Paintsville are part of the second High School Basketball Hall of Fame class.

Johnny Cox, Sharon Garland and J.R. VanHoose are officially members of the Kentucky Basketball Hall of Fame. And all of them have a story to share.

"In 1996, we had beaten Magoffin County for the regional championships, and after we won the state tournament that year, there were four or five of their players that had been in our cheering section cheering us on. It made you feel like what you did was a lot bigger than just you. You know, everybody from back home and from eastern Kentucky."

Cox, Garland and VanHoose make up a 17-member class in this year's induction. All three admit they would not be here without hard work.

VanHoose credits his teammates.

"Without them, I don't think I would have the things that I have as far as individual accomplishments," Vanhoose said. "You know, they could lean on you, you could lean on them in times of need, and ask them questions. the upperclassmen always helping the underclassmen."

Cox said it was about practice.

"Practice and playing, playing and practice," Cox said. "Night and day, day and night. Summer and winter. never did stop."

Meanwhile, Garland appreciates the person who got her started playing the game.

"I got to play on the boy's team when I was in the sixth grade in my elementary school," she said. "My principle that day was our coach, and he made the boys understand and the parents -- some were upset that they let a girl play -- but he said, 'You know, if she's better than they are she''s going to be on the team."

Everyone here was better. And now they have the credentials to prove it.

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