McKenzie Owen scored the 1000th point of her River Mill career last week, in a 61-31 win over Cedar Ridge. The fact that this milestone was reached in only two seasons, makes this achievement even more impressive! The 6â€™ 0â€ senior forward has built an impressive list of personal and team accomplishments, since coming to River Mill as a junior.
During her junior campaign, McKenzie was voted the 2010 North Carolina Basketball Coaches Associationâ€™s District Seven – Player of the Year, the 2010 Carolina 9 2-A/1-A Conference Player of the Year, and she was a
1st Team selection to the 2010 Times-News All-Region Team.
Her River Mill Lady Jaguars enter post-season play this season, with a 29-1 overall record and is the number one ranked 1-A team state, by Maxpreps, NCPreps, and Massey Ratings. The team also is also ranked #8 in the state among all classifications by Maxpreps and Massey Ratings. McKenzie has led the team to two consecutive undefeated Conference Championships, a Conference Tournament Championship, a State Sectional Championship and two consecutive Boo Williams National Christmas Tournament Championship game appearances.
River Mill Coach Hamilton Perkins said, â€œMcKenzie Owen is a multi-dimensional player who can score in the low post, the high post, or step out and shoot the three. She helps advance the ball against pressure, and we use her as our primary perimeter ball-handler, when our opponentâ€™s best rebounder guards her. She also plays good defense and she anticipates extremely well.â€
This season Owen is averaging 20.1 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game, 3.7 steals per game, and 2.1 assists per game. She is narrowing down her choices of basketball scholarship opportunities, to several universities.
She is the daughter of Hunter and Ginger Owen.