Sharpshooting Glasser in Lions gameBasketball runs in the Glasser family and Mackenzie Glasser is next in line to take her skills to the next stage.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
Basketball runs in the Glasser family and Mackenzie Glasser is next in line to take her skills to the next stage.
The Dickinson Trinity graduate will play in the Lions All-Star Series next Tuesday at the Bismarck Civic Center and Wednesday at the Fargo Civic Auditorium. The games both start at 5 p.m. MDT.
Glasser helped lead Trinity to a 19-5 record and a third-place finish in the Region 7 tournament as a senior. Trinity head girls basketball coach Alysia Barman thinks Glasser has the tools to make an impact in the Lions games.
“I think Mackenzie’s work ethic, her ability to get up and defensive pressure somebody is probably one of her greatest assets,” she said. “She’s also a tremendous shooter.”
There’s only one tool lacking from Glasser, a tool she has no control of — height. At 5-foot-5, Glasser is accustomed to taking the court against girls who are taller than she is.
“It’s not very fun being as short as I am,” she said. “I think my quickness helps me out a lot and that somewhat makes up for not being very tall.”
Glasser plans to play at Dickinson State next season. She hopes that the all-star games will provide a stepping stone to collegiate ball.
“I’m excited about it, I think it’s going to be a good experience,” she said. “This is something that I’ve never really done before. I think it’s going to help me a lot moving to that next level.”
The future Blue Hawk has a found her niche beyond the 3-point line.
“Always practiced shooting. It’s one of my favorite things,” Glasser said. “Being short, I can’t really take it to the hoop very often.”
Attending DSU is familiar to the Glasser family as Mackenzie’s brother, Chad Glasser, played for the Blue Hawks. In 2004, he won the North Dakota Class B Player of the Year.
“I always enjoyed watching my brother play,” Mackenzie Glasser said. “I looked up to him a lot and wanted to play just like him.”
Her father, Steve Glasser, coached basketball at Trinity and assisted at DSU during his career. Barman said Mackenzie Glasser learned from many positive people.
“It’s amazing how much time she spent in his (Steve Glasser’s) office, which is now my office,” Barman said. “Basketball has been a part of her life since the time she was born.”
Accompanying Glasser in the all-star series is Brittney Dietz and Abby Weinreis from Beach. Jill Rising, who also from Beach was selected as an alternate.
On the boys’ side, Dickinson High’s Nate Moody will be representing Class A. Trinity’s Alex Klug was selected as a Class B alternate.
Dickinson standout Joe Hanstad, the Class A senior athlete of the year, is not playing in the game because he has already reported to Boise State. Hanstad will be a freshman for the Broncos in the fall.