Last week, Helena Capital standout McKenzie Johnston received one of the biggest phone calls of her life. The caller was Montana Lady Griz head coach Robin Selvig.
"He just called and told me that he was impressed with how I've been playing and how I did in our AAU tournaments," recalled Johnston of the message he left her while she was away from the phone at volleyball camp. "And that he likes my style of play and would like for me to come play for the Griz."
As excited as Johnston was, she had to spend the rest of the day thinking over her decision. It was not easy for the all-state point guard to pick anyone over her hometown Carroll College Saints where she has gotten to know head coach Rachelle Sayers, and where her older sister Jordan currently plays her college basketball.
"I was down to these two schools and I really loved Rachelle and everything that she's done for me. With my sister playing here, I realized she'd only be here for one year if I came here," said Johnston. "When I'm a freshman, they (Carroll) will probably be coming to play against us (Lady Griz), and I thought that would be pretty cool too."
Johnston is a multi-sport star for her Capital Bruins. Last year, she set a school record on the softball diamond with 10 home runs on the season. But she says her biggest passion lies on the hardwoods and always has. Now that her college decision is over, her focus turns towards trying to win a state basketball title after placing fourth and second the past two seasons.
"I want to get a state championship and now I know I can relax and not have to worry about where I'm going to go (to college) and can just play basketball."
Last year, Johnston averaged over 10 points and five rebounds per game while leading the entire state in assists (110).