PRINCETON, W.Va. -- McKenzie Akers gave opponents fits.
Quick and adept at both the jumper and the drive, Akers lit up the scoreboard during her four years as a basketball standout at Princeton High School.
But for her coach and team, she gave peace of mind.
"You knew McKenzie would always hit at least 20 points, no matter if she was having a bad night," coach Debbie Ball said. "Her teammates knew she would carry them if she had to."
The 5-foot-6 senior caps off a superb career by being named captain of the Class AAA all-state basketball team, as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Akers averaged 25.2 points, five assists, 2.6 rebounds and three steals in leading the Tigers to a 19-6 record and a quarterfinal game in the state tournament in Charleston.
She was a playmaker from the outset of her career. Defense, however, wasn't an early strong suit.
"She was always our point guard - she liked to have the ball in her hands," Ball said. "When she first started, her focal point wasn't really defense. She was afraid if she played hard, she'd foul out."
Hard work improved Akers' defense greatly. Ball said she always gave 100 percent in practice.
"McKenzie goes hard. She doesn't like to lose at all," Ball said. "Some kids think losing is part of the game, but she's not like that. It takes a while for her to get over a loss."
Akers, who broke the 1,000-point career plateau last season, repeats as a first team all-stater. She was a second-team all-stater as a sophomore. She'll play next season at Marshall University.
Greenbrier East's Bianca André, another returning first-teamer, helped the Spartans compile a 24-1 mark.
André averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.1 blocks. She had 29 points and 21 rebounds in a 68-51 sectional win over Princeton.
"The last third of the season, Bianca really got better," coach Jim Justice said. "She put her heart and soul into it and gave her very best."