Girls Basketball: Fenwick’s Kelly Canoy, Mackenzie Sewell stay united

Story Image Fenwick's Mackenzie Sewell (left) and Kelly Canoy are playing for the AAU Lady Lightning this summer. | George M. Wilcox~Sun-Times Media.

Fenwick teammates Kelly Canoy and Mackenzie Sewell are spending plenty of time together this summer as AAU teammates too.

There are not many days going by this summer when Canoy and Sewell aren’t playing basketball together.

The duo from Fenwick’s sophomore team last season just completed the U.S. Junior National’s fourth annual Midwest Challenge Friday and Saturday at the Bartlett Community Center with their AAU team, the Lombard-based Lady Lightning 15 Blue.

This weekend, Canoy and Sewell will reunite as Friars by competing in the Maine West Observation tournament as a one-week break from AAU.

Then it’s back again for AAU play.

Canoy and Sewell will end the AAU season this month at the Best of the Midwest July 25-27 in Schaumburg and at the USJN’s Summer Final July 29-31 at the Waukegan Fieldhouse.

Their Lady Lightning team took only one major trip out of town to a tournament in Mason, Ohio, earlier this month.

“It felt good, staying close to home,” Sewell said.

Sewell, a junior guard from La Grange, is playing AAU for the first time. Canoy, a 5-foot-10 center from Berwyn, is playing in her first AAU season with the Lightning after competing for River Forest-based Chicago Hoops Express last summer. Looking for a better situation, Canoy made the switch of clubs. Having Sewell come along was not a coincidence.

The two friends wanted to play together and found a perfect situation with Lightning, which practiced for the AAU season at Montini.

“I think it’s important to try your best and improve in front of the college coaches,” Canoy said.

Fenwick players are spread out all over Chicagoland for this AAU season. Jade Owens is with the Midwest Elite Platinum out of Deerfield, Jenna Ronan plays for Chicago Hoops Express and Maya Garland is with Lady Fire.

All of them will come together this weekend at the Observation tournament, which is held during a one-week dead period for college recruiters this month.

Two of Canoy and Sewell’s Fenwick sophomore teammates, twins Jessica and Jenny Mackowiak, are also playing for Lightning this month.

Canoy and Sewell’s team also includes players from St. Viator, St. Francis and Wheaton Academy among other Chicago-area schools.

“I’ve been working on my ballhandling, hoping I can play a 2 or 3 [position],” Canoy said. “I want to play a 3 or a 4. I want to be able to play different positions.”

Sewell, who is only 5-5, has other goals this summer.

“I’m working on my three-pointers more,” Sewell said. “I want to work on my offense more like my dribbling.”

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