Latt reaches 1,000 points
Latt clears 1,000 points for Hamilton girls
Hamilton junior standout Mackenzie Latt reached the 1,000-point plateau in her team's 56-42 win over Brookfield East on Jan. 29 in what turned out to be a busy week for that number in the Hamilton program.
Six days earlier, Brady Ellingson reached 1,000 points for the boys team. Ellingson is also a junior.
Latt became the first girls player at the school to reach that number. She finished the night with 20 points.
"To score 1,000 points you have to score in a lot of different ways, off the catch, off the dribble, free throws, threes …" coach Dan Carey said. "She's really invested the time, and she's got to have teammates that are unselfish and willing to get her the ball on time. The players believe in her and trust her and want to get her the ball. It's neat to see a player that's so unselfish as a team-first kid. I've never seen a more unselfish, humble superstar."
The humility extends to the exact moment of reaching 1,000 points; Latt said she still isn't sure on which play she connected for the necessary seventh point she needed entering the contest.
"I was excited, and I attribute it all to the hard work I did in the summer; it was a cool milestone to reach," she said. "I've played with my teammates for a lot of years, Hannah (Menzia) with Jr. Chargers and Jenny (Shernell), too. All of my teammates have been together for three years at least, and we have really good chemistry. I couldn't have gotten close to this many points without them; I'm blessed to be surrounded by great talent."
The Chargers entered the week at 17-1 overall and 10-0 in the Greater Metro Conference, looking for a second consecutive league title.
Latt said she has evolved over her varsity career.
"My first two years, it was basically my post moves and my ability to make a move and score," she said. "This year, I've expanded my game more because teams know who I am, and they run their game plan according to that, so I had to adapt. Now I'm not just in the post. I worked a lot this summer on being able to attack outside and create a shot from the outside and inside."
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