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Girls basketball: Legacy’s Mackiewicz continues to frustrate defenses in win over Boulder

Clemson commit scores 22 with Panthers defense focused on her

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    BOULDER, CO - Boulder High School's Ella Bartsch is fouled by Legacy's Jay Wikoff during a game on Tuesday in Longmont.

  • BOULDER, CO - Legacy High School's Halle Mackiewicz takes a shot over Boulder's Ella Bartsch during a game on Wednesday. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    BOULDER, CO - Legacy High School's Westbrook Jensen fights for the ball with Boulder's Emily Bagley during a game on Tuesday in Longmont.

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    BOULDER, CO - Legacy High School Head Coach Jody Welch talks with her team during a game against Boulder on Tuesday in Longmont.

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    BOULDER, CO - Boulder High School's Ella Bartsch takes a shot over Legacy's Jay Wikoff during a game on Tuesday in Longmont.

  • Jeremy Papasso/ Staff Photographer

    BOULDER, CO - Legacy High School's Westbrook Jensen goes for a layup during a game against Boulder on Tuesday in Longmont.

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    BOULDER, CO - Boulder High School Head Coach Emily Glen yells to her team during a game against Legacy on Tuesday in Longmont. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

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    BOULDER, CO - Boulder High School's Abbie Gillach takes a shot during a game against Legacy on Tuesday in Longmont.

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    BOULDER, CO - Boulder High School's Emma Bagley goes for the tip off against Legacy's Halle Mackiewicz during a game on Tuesday in Longmont.

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    BOULDER, CO - Legacy High School's Halle Mackiewicz takes a shot over Boulder's Arden Williams during a game on Tuesday in Longmont.

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    BOULDER, CO - Boulder High School's Emma Bagley takes a shot during a game against Legacy on Tuesday in Longmont.

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BROOMFIELD — With the subtlety of big bold letters, Boulder’s focal point defensively centered around Legacy standout Halle Mackiewicz Wednesday night.

Good plan. Mixed results.

Mackiewicz, a game after scoring 32 while crossing the 1,000-point career threshold in a loss to Fairview Friday, has been the Front Range League’s most productive forward this season, coming in with 18.1 points and 9.3 boards per game.

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Legacy High School’s Halle Mackiewicz takes a shot over Boulder’s Ella Bartsch during a game on Wednesday. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

In respect to her, the Panthers sent multiple looks and defenders her way and even had some early success doing it. The Clemson soccer commit still produced, going for 22 points, and Legacy held strong defensively in a 42-31 win.

“The coaches and everything have seen me the last three years, so (these defensive looks) have been a bit of a theme this year,” Mackiewicz said. “But it’s OK. I can rely on my teammates to hit shots. … I trust my teammates, so even though they’re tripling me I just have to work with the team.”

Here’s a glimpse of what Mackiewicz can continue to expect: Without the ball, the Panthers hovered around her in an attempt to deny any entry pass down low while having defenders follow her around the court. When in her hands, she had bodies hanging at her front and back.

But Legacy (9-9, 5-3) found enough production elsewhere. Jay Wikoff added six points and Ariana Ahadi and Katie Paredes each had five in helping the Lighting snap a three-game losing streak.

Mackiewicz didn’t score her first points until the 4:48 mark of the second quarter but went on to have 17 after the break, and 12 in the fourth, to help hold off Boulder (6-12, 0-7).

“She’s just a pure athlete,” Legacy coach Jody Welch said. “She’s competitive. She just finds a way to win and gets things done.”

Mackiewicz, with her shot not falling as purely as it had against Fairview Friday, still managed to take over in the final quarter.

She worked through double and triple teams into position down low. She went to the line, going 8 of 10 in the fourth and 10 of 12 in the game. And to that, a day in which she celebrated signing day at the school, then fought off body after body, was finally done.

“I know I have to work hard for my points to get open and whatnot,” she said. “It does get a little tiring, but I don’t know, that’s just the game.”

Abbie Gillach, who led Boulder with 11 points, gave the Panthers a 14-11 lead in the opening quarter when she weaved through the lane and rattled in a nice reverse layup in traffic.

Legacy, though, answered with eight straight before the break — including a quick five from Paredes and a three-point play from Mackiewicz.  Successive 3s from Wikoff pushed the lead to 25-14 to open the third.

Legacy is at home against Greeley West Friday, while Boulder is at Monarch.