Blanchard's Makenzi Cockerham – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

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By Derrick Smith

Makenzi Cockerham is a senior at Blanchard High School. She is a member of the Lady Lions basketball team, where she plays power forward and post. She loves the game of basketball and has been playing since kindergarten.

This season has been a success for her team and for herself personally, according to Cockerham.

“We had a really good season,” she said. “We went 15-8 overall and 8-2 in our conference. Personally, I have probably had the best season of my high school career. I have played a lot of minutes and really tried to make them count.”

One person that has made an impact Makenzi’s game is a former Blanchard Lady Lion.

“One of my big influences in basketball is Sierra Bailey,” she said. “She graduated a few years before me, so I didn’t get to play with her, but I always looked up to her. She was a team player and a leader. She was probably the toughest player on the team and she never backed down to anyone.”

The term character athlete means a lot to Cockerham.

“That title means a lot,” she said. “It means you are an example on and off the court. It really is a boost of confidence to be thought of as that.”

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Makenzi says her favorite teacher is actually one of her coaches.

“Adam Lamle was my middle school coach and has been our assistant coach throughout high school,” Cockerham said. “He has taught me almost everything I know about the game and has constantly stood by my side in support. He has taught me to believe in myself, to buy into my coach, and has really pushed me to be a leader of our team.”

There is a lot that goes into being successful, and Makenzi knows one that is important.

“I think one of the biggest factors is dedication. Being dedicated means working hard and putting all of your time into it. I have missed family vacations and played on summer ball teams since the seventh grade, but it’s worth it when you are getting to play the sport you enjoy.”

Cockerham is also a member of the National Honor Society and is a former participant of Students Against Destructive Decisions. After graduation, Makenzi plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and work to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

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