Westhill's MacKenzie Martin scores 1,000th point, Liverpool boys remain unbeaten

Westhill junior MacKenzie Martin scored 18 points Monday night, joining the 1,000-point club with the Warriors girls basketball program.

Section III high school basketball continued Monday night, as the Westhill girls basketball team hosted Marcellus.

Aside from the actual game, though, was a special story regarding one player on the Warriors roster.

MacKenzie Martin, a junior forward at Westhill, was 13 points shy of the 1,000-point club.

In the second quarter of Monday night's contest, Martin would reach the plateau with a runner off the backboard.

"It was amazing," Martin said during the halftime break. "I got emotional just because of all the hard work. I couldn't have done it without my teammates the past four years. Obviously, we have some of the best coaches in Section III with coach [Sue] Ludwig and [Steve] Yarnell. So it just felt amazing.

"That last play, I knew I had to just take it myself to get it over with," she added.

Westhill took down Marcellus, 69-45.

Meanwhile, the Liverpool boys basketball team continued its undefeated season with a 80-73 win over Baldwinsville on Monday night.

Naz Johnson's game-high 22 points led the way for the Warriors, improving to 14-0 overall on the year.

"We're putting ourselves in this kind of a situation, too, at the same time," Johnson said after the game. "Our defense is kind of messing up a little bit. Then today, Charles [Pride] was just out and then we had Allen go down in the first quarter. We've just got to play through it and we just fight.

"It's been everything we wanted it to be, basically," Johnson replied when asked about Liverpool's unbeaten record. "We worked so hard over the summer, put in so many workouts with coach [Ryan] Blackwell and now it's finally all paying off."

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