Seymour senior has been a force in basketball, volleyball


Makenna Fee has a lot of good memories of playing basketball and volleyball in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium during her time at Seymour High School.

“Just the atmosphere,” Fee listed among the things she liked about the gym. “We had our county game against Brownstown, and there is nothing that compares to that, surrounded by so many people, even it if it is the opposing team, just knowing that they’re there. Words can’t describe it. It’s a great feeling to have.”

Fee is in her third year starting for the Owls on the hardwood.

“I really like playing at the free-throw line and working down from there,” Fee said. “I’m really good at hitting the 15-foot shot. I really like driving and making a small post move.

“I think that’s where I’m most comfortable at and that’s where the team needs me so it’s a good position for me. We do a lot of pick-and-rolls, and we’ve been working on pulling someone out to make that extra pass to get it in.

She said the Owls need to continue to practice hard, play hard and cut down on their mistakes in order to have a winning season.

“We’re understanding how much effort is important to the game,” Fee said. “I really think we’re starting to take that next step. As long as we all know we’re putting in our effort and we’re listening to what our coach is saying we’re going to be successful. We’re all starting to buy into that now and it’s really going to show, especially in the conference games.”

Fee likes facing man-to-man defenses, and her high-point games this season were in HHC games with 20 against Madison and 18 versus Jennings County. Last season she scored 27 against Batesville, and she had 24 three other games.

She is counted on to be one of the team’s leading rebounders and said if she can’t grab a rebound she tries to tip it to a teammate.

The senior said playing volleyball and basketball during the summer is the key to being better during the high school season.

Fee changed positions during volleyball season.

“I started out as a middle hitter, but once we started struggling more in the middle of the season, coach switched me to setter, so I was more running the offense, which I was used to because that is what I was my freshman and sophomore year,” Fee said.

“It wasn’t a hard transition, and it honestly made it easier for me because as a middle hitter I was already kind of running the offense, so it was a lot easier to go ahead and give me that position to where it was my job to run the offense.”

She said it takes communication and teamwork to be successful in volleyball.

“I was calling most of the plays,” Fee said.”The coaches were giving us all the plays in practice that were the options, but it was my job to make sure we were running them out, and it’s a huge part of volleyball because if no one knows what’s going on, or if just one person doesn’t know what’s going on it can mess everyone up, it can get someone hurt.”

Fee plans to run track, and is thinking about throwing the discus and running the 400.

Makenna, who plans to play basketball at the University of Illinois-Springfield, said she got into sports because of her older sister, Mikayla.

Fee has enjoyed her time at SHS.

“I’m going to remember all the people and how helpful they’ve been to me,” Fee said. “I’ve been very blessed here at SHS, from all the teachers to my friends to the staff. Everyone has been so supportive. I know we’re a 4A school, but it doesn’t feel like that. Everyone here knows your name. It’s a really nice experience here.”

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Name: Makenna Fee

High school: Seymour

Parents: Jason, Tonya Fee

Siblings; Mikayla, Todd, Tori

Sports: basketball 4 years, volleyball 4 years, track 2 years

Athletic highlights: volleyball-2018 All-HHC; basketball-2016 HHC champs, 2017-18 all-conference, rebound, coach’s awards

Organization: National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, dance marathon

Plans after high school: attend University of Illinois Springfield, study exercise science, play basketball

Favorite food: macaroni and cheese

Favorite TV show: Friends

Favorite musician: Miranda Lambert

Favorite movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Favorite team: Kentucky Wildcats


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