McKenzie Forbes went to Atlanta this week with several goals in mind.
The Folsom High School senior basketball star wanted to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city and the McDonald's All-American festivities. Forbes is off to good start, winning the 3-point contest on Monday.
A pass-first point guard headed to Cal, Forbes whisked away nerves to score 20 points to secure the big trophy.
"That was so fun," Forbes said from Atlanta. "I was super nervous before I went up there but (West teammates) were super supportive in reminding me that it was all for fun. I just tried to relax and do what I knew what I could do."
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Not a bad effort for someone who is tirelessly working on her shooting.
"I always expect to win in anything I do, so I wasn't surprised I won," Forbes said. "But I was pretty overwhelmed when I realized I had the highest score."
Forbes on Wednesday played for the West squad in the all-star game, helping beat the East 82-79 with two points, four assists, three rebounds and a blocked shot. And she juggled. As the fourth quarter started, Forbes on live television juggled three oranges after a quick interview, laughing when one dropped.
A four-year starter and one of the most entertaining and talented players to come out of the Sacramento region, Forbes led Folsom to a Sierra Foothill League championship and into the CIF Northern California Open Division playoffs. She averaged 19.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists a game.