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High School Girls Hoops Player of the Week: Chaska's McKena Panning

Created: 12/18/2013 4:35 PM KSTP.com
By: Northstar Girls Hoops

A week ago Chaska pushed now No. 1-ranked, class AAAA Eastview down to the wire before losing 52-50, for the Hawks’ only loss so far this season. But Chaska can play at any pace, as it demonstrated Friday night against Waconia’s “run ‘n gun” style of play with a 108-65 win.

Senior point guard MaKena Panning thrived on the fast pace, leading the Hawks with a career high of 29 points. “It felt like a track meet out there, but we never let up,” Panning said. “We kept pushing the ball in transition.”

Pushing the ball in transition is something the 5-6 Panning is accustomed to. The scoring—not so much. She is Chaska’s primary ball-handler, and there’s no shortage of scorers to distribute to—posts Ellie Thompson (17 points per game) and Kendall Baab (10 ppg), guards Nicole Parsons (12) and Hannah Rohe (9) and more.

But Panning has increased her own scoring from 8 points per game a year ago to 15. Even before Friday night’s “track meet,” she was already averaging in double figures while still recording 5 assists per game.

Looking ahead, watch for Panning “to keep pushing in transition,” she said, “that’s when we score best.”

Northstar Girls Hoops is a regular contributor to KSTP.com. You can find more coverage of Minnesota Prep Girls Basketball on Northstargirlshoops.com

Photo: MGN Online

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