Tolleson’s Rebecca Woodberry and Raymond S. Kellis’ Kayla Mackenzie

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on January 25, 2010 at 4:44 PM

PHOENIX - Two of the top girls’ basketball talents in the state are from the West Valley. These two seniors are putting together impressive individual seasons but bottom line for both ladies they are hoping to win their second straight state title with their teams before heading off to play basketball at the next level.

5A-II Tolleson and senior captain Rebecca Woodberry faced off against a familiar opponent in Pinnacle at the Martin Luther King Jr Invitational on Monday. The senior captain lead her team to a huge 30 point victory getting the upper hand in the rivalry of 5-A-II teams.

Woodberry is averaging a double-double at 25 points per game and 10 rebounds this season. The Wolverines return a lot of talent from last year's championship team and with Monday’s win have confidence heading into the final stretch of the season.

Her focus is on winning another state title before she heads to Nebraska to play for the Huskers.

Moving from 5-A to 4-A Kayla Mackenzie is leading Raymond S. Kellis to a run at the title.

Last year the Cougars won the 4-A-II and this year behind the senior star they are hoping to win the 4A-I crown.

During her four years at Kellis, Mackenzie has set a ton of school records and holds the 4-A points-per-season record at 27.9 and points in a season at 892, both set last year as a junior. This year though Mackenzie has looked at her role as point guard a little differently.

Mackenzie realizes a tough test awaits the Cougars as they are trying to go up a conference and win back to back titles.

Mackenzie said she came to Kellis looking to create tradition and win or lose she hopes their girls basketball tradition continues.

She hopes to play at the next level but hasn’t committed to any school.
 

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