MASON CITY — Her prep basketball career started by averaging 9.8 points per game as a freshman for Mason City.
For Makenzie Meyer, those numbers continued to go up the next three seasons for the Mohawks. And the stats speak for themselves.
Her scoring total increased to 16.4 points per game as a sophomore but she also led the team with 81 assists, grabbed 158 rebounds and recorded 48 steals.
As a junior, Meyer averaged 20.5 points per game, recorded 164 rebounds, 77 assists, 56 steals, blocked 21 shots, made 47 3-point goals and shot 82.5 percent (118 of 145) from the free-throw line.
This past season, Meyer averaged 18.3 points per game, shot 78.1 percent (125 of 160) from the free-throw line and 42.6 percent from the field for the Mohawks. The senior also recorded 169 rebounds, 56 steals, 52 assists and 38 3-point goals while leading Mason City to its first girls state basketball title as the Mohawks won the Class 4A state championship.
Meyer also became the first Mason City girls basketball player to be named Miss Iowa Basketball by the Iowa Newspaper Association in March.
A three-time Globe Gazette All-Area Player of the Year in basketball, Meyer can add the Globe Gazette’s Female Athlete of the Year for the 2015-16 school year to her list of accolades.
“She’s very motivated to be the best at whatever she does,” Mason City girls basketball coach Curt Klaahsen said in March. “That’s a trait of great players. She’s just very driven, but she doesn’t brag about it. It was never about her, it was about the team. It was about winning and it always has been. It was great to see her finish her career with the ultimate win.”
Meyer will hope to continue her winning ways at the University of Iowa, where the 5-foot-10 guard’s skill set is perfect for Lisa Bluder’s system.
“I love her versatility, I love her ability to handle the ball, to shoot the 3 … She’s just an all-around good basketball player,” Bluder said at the I-Club outing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake in May. “She could play the 1 or the 2 for us and I think that’s going to help her.”
While Meyer will continue her basketball career in college, she was more than a one-sport star during her senior season, returning to the track following an injury that prevented her from competing as a junior after she placed eighth in the Class 4A 400 and anchored the Mohawks’ 4x400 relay team to fifth place as a sophomore.
“This is the best shape she’s been in the past four years,” Mason City girls track and field coach Jim Lee said in early April. “She’s really healthy and her times have been fantastic.”
Even a little adversity wasn’t enough to keep her completely down.
Though Meyer was stuck in walking boot for much of the season, she still qualified for the Class 4A state track and field meet in the 4x100, 4x200 and sprint medley relays for the Mohawks.
While Meyer didn’t earn a medal at state this year, the decorated athlete was proud of what she accomplished during her track and field season, ending her prep career at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
“It feels so good to be back,” Meyer said. “When you’re hurt I don’t think you realize how lucky you are to be healthy. I’m glad I’m able to be down here in a few relays this year.”