Capital's Johnston verbally commits to Montana

2014-07-16T20:42:00Z Capital's Johnston verbally commits to MontanaBy CURT SYNNESS Independent Record The Billings Gazette
July 16, 2014 8:42 pm  • 

Capital High standout McKenzie Johnston has made a verbal commitment to play basketball for the University of Montana.

Johnston, a senior this fall, was selected to the 2014 all-state team after making second team all-conference as a sophomore.

Johnston said she had spoken to "quite a few" colleges before narrowing her choice down to Montana and Carroll. Her older sister, Jordan, plays for the Saints.

"I chose UM because it has a great coaching staff with great players, and I've always wanted to play for the Lady Griz," said Johnston, who owns a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. "And UM has great opportunities for the profession I want do when I'm older, which is physical therapy.

"Coach (Robin) Selvig has done great things for the Lady Griz, and I think he'll help a lot with my style of play."

A 5-foot-7 guard, Johnston has helped Capital to a 42-7 record over the past two seasons. In 2013, CHS set a school record of 21 wins and finished second at state. This past season, the Bruins tied the wins mark of 21, while placing fourth at state.

Johnston led Class AA with 110 assists (5.2 per game), and was No. 6 in steals with 55. She paced the brown-and-gold with 31 3-point field goals and ranked second on the club in scoring and rebounding, with averages of 10.5 points and 5.2 boards. At the 2014 AA tournament, she averaged 12 points and four assists and was named to the all-tourney team.

“McKenzie is a very good, scoring point guard," CHS coach Bill Pilgeram said. "She can shoot it, she sees the floor very well, and can penetrate at any time."

A versatile, three-sport athlete, Johnston is on pace to earn 11 varsity letters -- four each in basketball and softball, and three in volleyball.

McKenzie is the daughter of Mark and Sheri Johnston.

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