Hillgrove’s Engram earns McDonald's nomination
by Adam Carrington
acarrington@mdjonline.com
January 12, 2014 11:08 PM | 2162 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hillgrove’s Mackenzie Engram (21) is the only girl from the state of Georgia to be nominated as a potential 2014 McDonalds All-American. Engram will find out if she is selected on Jan. 29.
Hillgrove’s Mackenzie Engram (21) is the only girl from the state of Georgia to be nominated as a potential 2014 McDonalds All-American. Engram will find out if she is selected on Jan. 29.
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The list of nominees for the McDonald's All-American game has been released and Hillgrove standout Mackenzie Engram was among those chosen.

But the list of players from the state of Georgia is short.

The 6-foot-2 senior forward was one of seven players from the state of Georgia to be selected and one of only three girls.

The final team selections will be made Jan. 29 for the games that will be held at the United Center in Chicago on April 2.

“It’s an honor,” Engram said on being nominated. “Even if I don’t make it, it’s a huge blessing to know that my school and my coaches have enough faith to nominate me.”

Engram is the second Hillgrove player to be nominated behind Celina Rodrigo, who is playing for Texas after she helped lead the Lady Hawks to the Class AAAAA state championship game two years ago.

Engram, who averages 19.4 points and 10.7 rebounds a game, is a Georgia signee. She already has all the tools to play forward, but she said she worked hard during the last offseason on her ball-handling skills since she’s expected to play both guard and in the post upon her arrival at Athens.

Hillgrove coach Susan Milam said Engram is more comfortable when she is crashing the boards.

Engram was a sophomore who looked up to a large and talented senior class during Hillgrove’s run to the Class AAAAA state finals. Since then, she’s been the anchor of the team and she proved that Hillgrove could still be successful last season after graduating eight seniors from the state runner-up squad.

This season, Hillgrove (14-2, 7-1) is second in Region 4AAAAAA behind McEachern, and Engram is looking more comfortable as the senior leader on the floor.

In addition to averaging a double-double, she’s making 41.6 percent of her 3-point shots and 79.4 percent of her free throw attempts.

“(Engram) is one of our more mature players and is her responsibility to lead,” Milam said. “She is more comfortable with the team this year. She’s got the experience and it’s become easier for her.”

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January 14, 2014
Congrats Mackenzie! Hoping you get the news you deserve on Jan. 29! Go Hawks! #FutureDawg
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