It didn’t really begin until this winter. New coach Richard Smith took over the program during the offseason, and that's when the Sacred Heart senior decided to give basketball a shot.
It added another activity to Herndon’s busy schedule.
The 18-year-old has been riding horses for 10 years and competes in rodeos around the state. She also enjoys singing and drama, and is looking to fill the role of the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts or the Cheshire Cat in Sacred Heart’s spring play, Alice in Wonderland.
Herndon is set to graduate this spring and is interested in attending either Savannah College of Arts and Design or Mississippi State. She plans to major in equine studies.
Recently, Herndon took a few minutes out of the school day to sit down with Anniston Star sports writer Brandon Miller and answer 10 Questions:
Question: What made you go out for the team this year?
Answer: I figured I’d give it a shot. I played when I was little, and my dad used to coach, so I knew a little bit about it. But it’s definitely been a different experience.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about basketball?
A: On the court, my favorite thing is defense, but in general, I like that I wouldn’t have hung out with the people I have right now just because they are younger than me.
Q: What’s your favorite sport to watch on TV?
A: I really like to watch hockey. I was at my cousin’s house one time, and they’re from the North so they watch it and play, and it was just interesting to watch. I just like watching them slamming each other into the walls.
Q: You guys got your first win of the season Monday, beating Donoho. How did that feel?
A: I didn’t even know how to act. I was like, “How do I celebrate? What do you do?”
Q: What’s it like to attend a small, private school?
A: It’s better than a bigger school. After ninth grade, I moved here from Jacksonville, which is huge. You get here and it’s very one-on-one, and they’re more challenging and I like a challenge. You know everybody, and everybody is pretty close.
Q: What’s it like to be the only senior on the team?
A: It’s challenging sometimes, and I sometimes feel like the big sister. Everyone is younger and sometimes argue a lot.
Q: What’s something that not many people know about you?
A: A lot of people think I’m quiet, and I’m really not. I just don’t talk much during class and don’t go out much, and I guess I kind of surprise people when I’m really sarcastic.
Q: Is there a basketball player you try to play like?
A: Nobody famous, but my brother, John Michael, played so when he found out I was playing, he drove down for a weekend from Auburn and helped. I try to think kind of like how he would think.
Q: What’s your favorite subject in school?
A: This year, it’s anatomy, but typically I’m an English-minded person. Learning about the brain and how the body works is really interesting. I’m not sure how we survive sometimes.
Q: Do you have a typical pregame or postgame meal?
A: I try to not eat before games, but we have a few people who are obsessed with Taco Bell, so after games, we’ll go to Taco Bell.