In the game of basketball, a dominant inside opens up shooters on the outside, and sharpshooters keep teams from packing the inside.


When a team has an inside/out presence, they are hard to stop, as were the Howe High School Lady Bulldogs.


The Bulldogs had a "twin tower" inside presence that teams had a hard time defending the height and athleticism of Harvey and Copeland.


For the Lady Bulldogs, the sharpshooter that kept teams honest was Cassidy Anderson.


Anderson has been a three-sport standout during her four years at Howe, playing volleyball, basketball and softball.


In volleyball, she has been an All-District second team in both her junior and senior years.


During her junior year, the shooting star was awarded the District Offensive MVP and first-team All-Texomaland.


In her senior year, the opposing district players voted her to the first-team all-district and earned second Team All-Texomaland.


In softball, where she shines on the mound, she was the Howe High school team’s MVP as a junior.


The current school closure and sports postponements have affected Anderson's senior softball season.


When asked about the situation, Anderson was hopeful and forward focused.


"I miss my friends and my teachers a ton, and I can't wait for things to go back to normal," she said. "In returning to school, I think I will do everything I can to not take my time in high school with all of my best friends for granted and will make the most of the time I have left."


Anderson has never had an off-season during her four years in high school. She spoke about the importance of balancing academics and sports.


"The way I see it, sports is the easy part. School always comes first, and I make sure to set aside time to get all of my work completed and turned in so that I can focus on winning games when the time comes."


Anderson was asked to name a teacher at Howe who has made an impact on her life and was quick to say Coach Derek Lands.


"Coach Lands taught me many things, but one of the biggest things is to take a chance because you never know what the result will be," she said. "He would always say, `Well, Columbus took a chance!’ We laughed at it back then, but he was right and I will never forget that."


Anderson shared a coaching secret she learned from Lands that affected her play: Outside shooting is as much mental as it is physical, and any Bulldog fan can tell you about the "ice in her veins" that Anderson had in taking big shots under the pressure of the playoffs.


"He also taught me how to be mentally tough and not let the things you can't control affect the way you play or act," she said. "The best thing Coach Lands ever said to us was, before every game, he would tell us to relax and have fun."


When she looks back on her time wearing Howe’s black and white, the lasting memory was the playoff run this season.


"My greatest memory from playing in high school was going five rounds deep in the playoffs for my senior basketball season and going to the regional tournament for the first time in school history," she said. "We then beat Chapel Hill, the defending state champs, to advance to the regional finals."


Anderson recognized the importance of her parents, Brad and Loretta, in her life.


"My parents have been very encouraging. They have taught me that I will have to work for everything I earn and that nothing is going to be handed to me. They have also taught me to stand up for myself and not let people walk all over me."


The Howe Lady Bulldogs had talent all over the basketball court, but they also had a chemistry that other teams envy.


Asked who her biggest fans were, Anderson replied, "My teammates. They always wanted me to be the best I could be and always held me accountable. I have been fortunate throughout high school to have teammates who were also my best friends and some of my biggest supporters."


Anderson plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University to major in communication sciences and disorders. She wants to be a speech pathologist and help children.


Before that season in life starts, she said that she is very appreciative for the opportunities that being a Bulldog has provided.


"I am so thankful for the lessons, memories and friendships I have gained through my time in the Howe athletic program. It is probably the thing I am going to miss the most about high school."