Going to halftime Feb. 17 at Dakota Ridge High School, it was both Legacy and the Lady Eagles’ game to win - tied at 27. But what decided this affair turned out to be that one team had senior Halle …
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Going to halftime Feb. 17 at Dakota Ridge High School, it was both Legacy and the Lady Eagles’ game to win - tied at 27. But what decided this affair turned out to be that one team had senior Halle Mackiewicz, and the other team didn’t.
Scoring 32 of the Lady Lightning’s 63 points, the Clemson soccer commit poured on 19 in the second half to claim Legacy’s 10th win of the season by a 14-point margin.
“The thing that impresses me most about Halle is she’s just a competitor, no matter the sport she is playing,” Legacy coach Jody Welch said postgame. “She’s going to find ways to win. She’s one of those pure athletes that only comes around once in a while, and I’m lucky she’s at Legacy right now.”
Taking an 11-6 lead after the first, Legacy had to fight off the resurgence of Dakota Ridge in the second as the advantage changed hands four times. A tie at 30-30 with 7:28 left in the third was the last time DR found themselves relatively close as Legacy closed the affair on a 33-19 run. The lone scare came when the Lady Eagles cut the lead to eight with 5:20 remaining - cueing the re-entrance of starters senior Ariana Ahadi, junior Jay Wikoff, and Mackiewicz.
“We are learning time-score. That’s a concept that this team is still trying to understand, and I thought they did a good job with that. With that, I have a couple of kids in Ahadi and Mack(iewicz) that have had a little more experience, so getting them out on the court just calms us down,” Welch said.
Snapping a 3-game losing streak and earning their 5th conference win, Welch stressed the importance of energy and effort, and due to a couple of changes in coaching strategy, her girls got back on track.
“The thing I asked my team tonight is effort. I feel like the last few games we haven’t been ready to play, and our effort hasn’t been there. Tonight, we picked up full-court man (-to-man), and we really haven’t done that this year very much, and I wanted to force them to have intensity. To take that intensity into practice the next couple of days to get ready for Horizon, I think is what we needed.”
Following Mackiewicz in the scoring department, Wikoff recorded 12 as the other double-digit scorer. Ahadi, Mackiewicz, and sophomore Katie Paredes tallied seven, seven, and five rebounds, respectively, while sophomore Kendall Aragon led the group with four assists. Mackiewicz and Ahadi tallied five and four steals apiece.
To conclude the week and the regular season, the Lady Lightning dramatically fell to Horizon, 59-57 in overtime.
In the 5A state tournament, No. 38 seed, Legacy, will travel to No. 27 Chatfield Feb. 25.
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