McKenzie faced a tough challenge with West Carroll in the Region 6A championship, especially on the War Eagles’ home floor.
The visiting Rebels played nip and tuck with their hosts, all the while frustrating them on defense and doing a great job late on the boards.
In the end, the Rebels pulled an upset over a very physical West Carroll team, 59-51.
McKenzie, with the victory, hosted its sectional game Monday night, March 7, against the 21-8 Richland Raiders, Region 5A runners up. West Carroll headed to Santa Fe, 25-5, also Monday night. Results from those games were not available as of press time.
McKenzie won both boys and girls titles in the same year for the first time in school history (or so it is believed), following up the school’s first district sweep last month.
West Carroll standout Jalen Anglin hit a first-quarter three and there was the indication that the War Eagles were off to a hot start. But he only managed eight-first-half points and just one three in the game. The strategy to try to slow Anglin down was clear. He still had a pretty good night, finishing with 16.
McKenzie scratched out a 16-12 lead in the first, but the War Eagles roared back to lead for much of the second frame. McKenzie scored right before the buzzer after a frenetic last 30 seconds to tie the game at 29 going into intermission.
McKenzie’s Marquez Taylor got hot in the second half as the Rebels slowly gained an advantage. A circus pass fake by Stafford Roditis scored and the Rebels seemed to be getting the breaks. MHS led 43-40 after three.
Zayden McCaslin found the mark for the Rebs in the fourth, as did Taylor. Anglin scored half of his points in the final frame, but the Rebels had put enough room between them and the War Eagles to preclude a rally.
Following Anglin, Zander Moon scored 11 and Josh Clark added 10.
Taylor led McKenzie with 21, McCaslin threw in 15 and Bryson Steele contributed 10.
McKenzie upped it’s record to 20-8. West Carroll fell to 21-4.