story and photo by Clinton Randall
UNION CITY, Ind.(1-25-20) – Union City senior Mackenzie Green set the new three-point career record against Union County on Jan. 18. She currently has 116 which surpasses the previous record-holder and former teammate, Kelsey Zimmers, who ended her high school hoops career with 114. Zimmers still holds on the single season record with 55 three-pointers.
Green had 13 treys in her freshman year, 35 her sophomore year, 30 last year and currently has 38 this season. With two regular season games left and the tournament set to start the first week of February, the record is likely to grow before she is done. She also shares the single-game three-point record of seven with another former teammate – Kahlee Dowler.
Lady Indians head coach Sarah Black
“As a senior Mackenzie’s role has changed a bit, she is expected to be more of a leader on and off the floor. I believe Mackenzie has grown when it comes to her court decision making, as most players do along the way. She knows when she has the shot and she knows when to pass one more or drive. This has been a contributor to her success and this new record she now holds.”
According to Coach Black, Green is also on her way to owning the career free throw percent record currently sitting at 80 percent and already holds the single-season record with 86 percent.
Coach Black concluded
“When she (Green) was a freshman she was with the group that went to the state tournament and was a major contributor to that team, as far as minutes played, along the way. Mackenzie has been a consistent player for us throughout her career. We hope to see that continue as we finish up the regular season and enter into the post season tournament.”
Green, who turned 18 years old last October, contributes her success to the scripture in which she lives by – Philippians 4:13 – which states,
“I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.”
Green talks about the verse –
“This verse has gotten me through the toughest times in my life and helped me to keep pushing. I’ve wrote it on my basketball shoes ever since I lost my AAU Coach White. He stood by this quote in everything in he did in life.”.
“Blessed to have achieved this accomplishment.”
Mackenzie and her Lady Indian teammates will wrap up the regular season on the road at Wapahani tonight and at Hagerstown on Friday before hosting sectional play, starting Feb. 4.