Updated: May 05, 2021 03:14 PM
Created: April 29, 2021 03:22 PM
Park Center star Adalia McKenzie was named Minnesota's Miss Basketball for the 2020-21 season. The annual honor goes to the state's top senior.
Click the video box to watch KSTP Sports' chat with newly-crowned Miss Basketball Adalia McKenzie and Park Center girls basketball coach Barb Metcalf
McKenzie is the first female and second Park Center Pirate overall to earn the state's basketball player of the year award. Quinton Hooker won the boys award in 2013.
In fact, his win inspired McKenzie. As a freshman, she spotted Hooker's honorary jersey hanging in the Park Center gym and told her father she wanted to be Miss Basketball. She and her father made it a goal, and McKenzie said eventually making good on that wish gives her a reassuring feeling that hard work indeed pays off.
McKenzie earned the award by averaging 27.6 points in her senior season. She averaged 28.1 and 30.8 during her sophomore and junior seasons respectively.
He career high was a 49-point effort on the Target Center floor against Spring Lake Park during her junior year.
But scoring isn't the only component of McKenzie's game, she also raised the level of teammates by knowing when to use her adept scoring touch, or serve as a decoy to allow others to contribute. That's in addition to also being a fierce shutdown defender.
McKenzie's next act will take place at the University of Illinois, where she committed to play after she completed her junior season.
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