Oakland Mills girls basketball coach Seth Willingham knew he had a special player in Miriam McKenzie. She was the centerpiece in the turnaround of the Scropions' basketball fortunes. The tipping point was between her sophomore and junior years when Oakland Mills went from double figures in losses each season to double figures in wins.
As a senior, McKenzie led the Scorpions to an 18-5 overall record and a 14-4 county mark. She was named the 2007-08 Howard County girls basketball Player of the Year. She was a 1,000-point scorer who finished her high school career with 1,744 points, which is second on the all-time list.
McKenzie received a scholarship to Loyola University Maryland and she continued to shine there. For the past three years, she has been named first team all conference. She finished her college career as Loyola's fourth all-time leading scorer and seventh all time in career rebounds.'
"That's pretty good for a guard," Willingham said. "I hope she goets some looks overseas."
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