Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All-Metro Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Makenzie Silvey Raised Level of Those around Her in Edwardsville's Stellar Season

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All-Metro Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Makenzie Silvey Raised Level of Those around Her in Edwardsville's Stellar Season

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Behind everything the Edwardsville girls basketball team did this season, senior guard Makenzie Silvey was right there.

While the 5-foot-11 guard led the Tigers in scoring, her 15.8 points per game came nowhere near to telling the whole story of Silvey's effect on a team that went 32-1 and lost by one point in the Class 4A state title game.

Junior guard Kate Martin said Silvey was whatever the Tigers needed her to be at any given time.

"She's just a great leader all the time, even when she isn't scoring all the points," Martin said. "She's a great leader in giving us momentum. She always made us feel like we were OK if we messed up. She did a lot to motivate us."

In serving as the unquestioned leader for a Tigers' squad that finished as the No. 1 team in the STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools rankings, Silvey is the Post-Dispatch All-Metro girls basketball player of the year.

Being the conductor of the train to success was just fine with Silvey, who signed to play Division I basketball at SIU Carbondale.

"I knew with the team that we had this year, anybody could lead in scoring on a given night," Silvey said. "It was just important to me to do everything I could to make everyone around better and to help give them the chance to succeed. I just knew that we had the capability to pick each other up when we weren't playing well."

In pointing out that Silvey worked hard to make those around her better by no means should diminish the things she accomplished.

During the Tigers' postseason run, which included victories over Rock Island, two-time defending 4A champ Benet and Montini before the championship loss to Geneva, Silvey averaged 15.5 points while leading the program to the state tournament for the first time since 2012.

Silvey hit the game-winning jumper to beat Montini 37-35 in a state semifinal, and her picture-perfect pass between two defenders to junior Rachel Pranger for a easy layup with 27 seconds left in the championship game nearly delivered the Tigers to their first title before they fell 41-40 to Geneva. …

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