By Craig Beilfuss

MUSKEGON—Muskegon senior McKynna Sims recently signed her national letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Muskegon Community College for the Lady Jayhawks. 

Sims was a three-year starter for Muskegon coach Paris Thomas and the Lady Reds from 2019-2022. During her senior season, she averaged 5.4 points, 2.6 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

Thomas gave high praise for Sims.

“She is a resilient young lady,” Thomas said. ” She loves the game … a fierce competitor. She’s a really tough kid. We are really excited for her journey.

She’s been through a lot of tribulation and a lot of tests throughout her journey.” Thomas said. Sims lost loved ones who have not been able to see her throughout her journey.

I am excited to see this kid go on to the next level and get a chance to play basketball is a blessing,” Thomas said. “It’s truly a blessing because she’ll get a chance to wear the gold and yellow (MCC school colors).”

Thomas said when Sims is on her game, she is difficult to stop.

We are proud of McKynna and she will be a great leader someday and she will go on to MCC and do great things,” Thomas said.

I know how special this moment is for McKynna and her family,” said Jayhawks women’s coach Jason Cooper.  I’m so excited to have McKynna as part of our family. I’m honored to take this journey with McKynna and go down this path with her.”

Sims will major in Criminal Justice. McKynna is the daughter of Jamie Smith and Marcellus Sims.

All photo’s below are courtesy of LSJ photographer Leo Valdez