After an outstanding 2022-23 season, during which the Grantsville Cowboys girls basketball team went 24-3 and made it all the way to the state championship game, senior Kenzie Allen finished her high school basketball career with top honors.
After averaging nearly 18 points, seven rebounds and eight steals per game in the playoffs, Allen was named Region 13 MVP.
“The whole season was just such a great opportunity to be a part of,” she said. My favorite memory was getting to experience the state tournament with my team.”
Allen started playing basketball when she was in first grade and quickly fell in love with the sport. After spending time playing for the Jr. Jazz, she went on to play in competitive leagues and traveling leagues before eventually making the Grantsville High School team.
“Grantsville girls basketball is my second family,” Allen said. “Not just because we spend so many hours together, but because I grew up with my fellow seniors and had the opportunity to play with many great players throughout my high school career.
“Since we are so close, the chemistry we have on the court is unmatched and we get to have so much fun playing together.”
This year was no different for the squad, as Allen and the rest of the Cowboys team played solidly as a unit all season and gave each team fits in the tournament. Allen’s favorite memory was of their game against the Carbon High Dinos. During the 62-21 win, which advanced Grantsville to the title game, Allen and her teammates played lockdown defense and a combined 39-point performance from sophomore Baylee Lowder Allen and helped propel the group to the blowout victory.
“The excitement from getting that win to take us to the championship game was an experience I will never forget,” she said.
Now playing softball in her final semester as a student athlete for Grantsville, Allen says she intends to continue her basketball career at the collegiate level, but has yet to settle on a school. For now though, she plans on enjoying the rest of her senior year and cherish the time she has left with those she is close with at the school.
“I would like to thank my teammates, coaches, family, and community — this team is very special. I’m so glad I got to experience such a great four years, learning life lessons and improving my game.”