Taylor McKinney

Over the past decade, no girls’ basketball player in the Daily Freeman-Journal coverage area faced more pressure — from herself, from the opposition and from the public — than Webster City’s Taylor McKinney.

From the first time she stepped onto the varsity basketball court, McKinney was the Chosen One. Greatness was expected.

And looking back, now that her career is over, McKinney succeeded far more than she failed.

She didn’t just break Webster City records, she obliterated them. There are no guarantees, but the odds of someone chasing down her marks for career points, career field goals, career 3-point field goals, or single-game scoring outbursts sometime in the near future are remote at best.

Her eruption at Pocahontas Area in 2018 when she buried 11 triples … now that was unreal.

But it’s about more than numbers. Simply put, she was a joy to watch. Her ability to see the entire floor and to think two and three steps ahead are attributes that set her apart.

For four years, she put the WCHS girls’ basketball program on her back and left a legacy that will be hard to match. For those reasons, Taylor McKinney is the Daily Freeman-Journal’s Player of the Decade.


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