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January 17, 2013

McKenzie Akers continues to break basketball records

PRINCETON —  For the first three years of her Princeton High School basketball career, McKenzie “Zee” Akers has been sensational. In her freshman and sophomore seasons, she was selected to the second team of the All-State squad.

Zee was named first team All-State during her junior campaign. All three years, she was first-team Mountain State Athletic Conference.

In attaining these honors, she established school scoring records for a freshman (332 points) and for a sophomore (420 points). She posted two games of 30 points or more during these three years. Perhaps even more impressive was a game that she achieved an extremely rare triple double (27 points, 13 assists, and 12 rebounds). Zee is only the second player in the history of Tigerette basketball to attain this distinction.

At the conclusion of her junior year, Akers ranked fifth in Tigerettes scoring, trailing only her sister, Tesla (Class of 2009), and three players who exceeded 1,300 points in their careers — Ellen Thompson Allen (Class of 1978), Dee Dee Butler Hill (Class of 1981), and Tina Six (Class of 1990).

For the first 10 games this year, Akers has ratched up her performance a couple of notches from its already lofty level. She broke the school career scoring record of 1,367 points against Oak Hill on Jan. 8. Also, Zee has established school records for career foul shots attempts and makes. At present, Akers is the leading scorer among West Virginia high school girls with an impressive 26.5 points per game. Akers has pumped in more than 30 points this season in three games with totals of 34, 35, and 37 points. She is converting a strong 75 percent of her foul shots.

If Zee continues her scoring place and avoids illness and injury, she should conclude her high school career with over 1,700 points or almost 400 points more than the school's second leading scorer. Some observers of Princeton High School athletics believe that it will be many, many years before this projected scoring mark will be approached.

The dynamic senior is much more than a scoring machine. Currently, she is averaging 4.7 assists for every turnover. Generally, a 2:1 assist/turnover ratio is regarded as outstanding. Thus her performance in this category is literally off the charts. For her career, she ranks second in assists in school history. Zee is also a tenacious defender.

Reflecting on her successes on the basketball court, Zee commented, "I have been extremely fortunate to have great coaches, great teammates, and a great family. Their encouragement, support, and guidance have been essential in whatever I have achieved playing basketball."

Although Akers is eagerly looking forward to playing basketball at Marshall University next year, she believes she and her Princeton teammates have unfinished business this season. The dedicated senior remarked, "I wish we could play Greenbrier East (the defending state champion and presently ranked No. 1 in the state) in the playoffs and go to the state tournament.

Don't bet against Zee in her pursuit of goals!

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