For the second straight year, McKenzie will have a representative on the dais for Miss Basketball.
McKenzie senior Kylie Reynolds was announced as one of the three Class A Miss Basketball finalists for 2023. Last year, then-sophomore Savannah Davis was crowned Miss Basketball. Davis suffered a hand injury Dec. 1 against Martin-Westview and was sidelined until a couple of weeks ago.
As a result, Reynolds secured the mantle of leadership and helped guide this team through adversity. She is averaging 17.9 points per game and joined the 1,000-point club this season. She averages 42.5 percent from the floor, 35.4 percent from the three-point line, is a 71-percent free throw shooter and brings down 5.4 rebounds per game.
She has scored no fewer than 10 points this year all the way up to 30 points. She also maintains a 4.0 grade point average as a dual-enrollment student all four years of high school. She is a member of the Beta Club honor society at MHS.
Reynolds will join Unaka’s Lyndie Ramsey, a finalist last year, and Wayne County’s Blair Baugus on the panel in Murfreesboro. The award ceremony will be held 5 p.m. Monday, March 13 at Middle Tennessee State’s Murphy Center. The event is open to the public.
McKenzie has been well represented on the statewide stage. Last fall, McKenzie senior quarterback Jackson Cassidy was award Class A Mr. Football, the second player at McKenzie to win. Drew Hayes was the first in 2005. In the spring of 2006, Hayes also was awarded the Tennessee Basecball Coaches Association player of the year, after guiding McKenzie to the state baseball championship . Of course, last spring, Savannah Davis was Class A Miss Basketball after McKenzie captured the Class A girls’ hoops title.
Ricky Mathis (2002), Derek Carr (2007), Colin Vinson (2010) and Marquez Taylor (2021) were Mr. Football finalists at McKenzie.