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Burt signs letter with Northern Oklahoma

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 19, 2014

For four years, Makenna Burt dominated the paint for the Paradise Lady Panthers.

Despite facing double and triple teams, the senior averaged a double-double of 14.8 points and 11.3 rebounds for the Lady Panthers on the way to getting to the area round of the Class 2A playoffs and winning 24 games.

She was named District 9-2A and All-Wise County Offensive Player of the Year.

Now, Burt will take her game to Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. Burt signed her letter of intent to join the Jets program Thursday.

Signing On

SIGNING ON – Paradise’s Makenna Burt inks her letter of intent Thursday to play basketball at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

“This means a lot,” she said. “It’s exciting to know I have somewhere to play and to get school paid for.”

She picked the campus in Enid over Seminole State College, also in Oklahoma.

“I liked that everything was there in town [in Enid],” Burt said. “I also have family up there. It was a better option.”

Burt expects to step in and compete for playing time at the post right away. She said coaches have told her she may also get some minutes on the wing.

“It’ll be a challenge, but it’ll be OK,” Burt said. “I definitely need to learn some post moves to get around some girls.”

Paradise coach Kevin Pope said Burt will face girls bigger than her in college – a rarity for the 6-footer in high school.

“She won’t be able to just overpower girls at the next level,” Pope said. “Every game she plays, there will be someone as tall as her. She’ll have to adjust to that.”

Pope acknowledged Burt’s contributions to the Paradise program over her four years and added that she earned this opportunity.

“When you can go to the next level, especially from a small school, it’s a big accomplishment,” Pope said.

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