Shel­burne ath­lete on pro­vin­cial bas­ket­ball squad three years run­ning

Macken­zie Smith will be play­ing on U17 squad

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For the third year in a row, Shel­burne’s Macken­zie Smith will be suit­ing up for Team Nova Sco­tia, mov­ing up from the U15 divi­sion to the U17 girls’ bas­ket­ball squad.

She will play for­ward for the up­com­ing sum­mer sea­son, which in­cludes com­pet­ing at the Cana­dian Na­tional Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onships in Fred­er­ic­ton from Aug. 6 to 11.

A Grade 10 stu­dent at Shel­burne Re­gional High School, “Macken­zie is a great girl with tremen­dous ath­letic abil­ity.

Her pas­sion is bas­ket­ball, and she works hard at it every day,” said high school coach John Huskil­son.

Dur­ing this past NSSAF sea­son Smith led her high school team to a sixth place fin­ish at D2 provin­cials, as point guard and co-cap­tain.

“As lead­ing scorer, the team feels very con­fi­dent when the ball is in her hands,” said Huskil­son. w“Shel­burne High has never had a fe­male bas­ket­ball player with as much skill, abil­ity, and tal­ent as Macken­zie pos­sesses.”

Smith, 16, has been shoot­ing hoops since she was five or six years old.

“I like the ag­gres­sion of it,” she said when asked what it was she liked about the game. “All of it re­ally but mostly the ag­gres­sion and the fast pace.”

Smith said she was ex­cited to make the team, which has just started prac­tic­ing and she is “re­ally ex­cited about the sum­mer sea­son,” which also in­cludes a week of com­pe­ti­tion in Mon­treal.

This will be Smith’s third trip to na­tion­als, Macken­zie Smith, of Shel­burne, will be suit­ing up for Bas­ket­ball Nova Sco­tia’s U17 girls team this sum­mer. which she said is a good ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to see all the good play­ers from other prov­inces.

Smith hopes to ad­vance to univer­sity ball af­ter grad­u­at­ing high school in 2020. In the mean­time, she trains by go­ing to the gym, does a lot of run­ning and prac­tices. Smith said both Huskil­son and coach Doug Hart­ley have re­ally helped her dur­ing the past three years that they have been her school coaches.

In ad­di­tion to high school bas­ket­ball, Smith also plays spring and fall bas­ket­ball with club teams, as well as soc­cer, soft­ball and bad­minton high school sports. Shel­burne Rebels point guard Macken­zie Smith goes for a shot in the NSSAF Divi­sion II Se­nior Girls Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onship ac­tion against East Hants at the Shel­burne Re­gional High School on March 1. Smith has been cho­sen for the 2018 pro­vin­cial U17 girls’ squad, mark­ing the third year in a row she has been selected for Team Nova Sco­tia.

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