Female Athlete of the Week: Sherando’s Leckie had memorable senior night
STEPHENS CITY – Madison Leckie made sure that her senior night would be one to remember.
Last Thursday, with her team clinging to a slim lead over rival James Wood, the Sherando senior scored 8 points in the fourth period to help the Warriors pull out a 51-43 victory.
“I feel like I was inspired by senior night,” Leckie said. “It was a very close game the whole game, so I knew I had to be ready the whole time and I was ready mentally. My teammates definitely helped me out a lot getting me the ball, and I just wanted to make it memorable for senior night.”
Leckie scored back-to-back baskets to push Sherando’s lead to five points with around four minutes left. She then put the game away with a basket and two free throws in the final minute. She finished with 14 points for the Warriors.
“That’s one of my best games ever, all around, offensively and defensively,” Leckie said. “I was really glad that I had a great night for senior night.”
Leckie’s strong performance helped earn her The Northern Virginia Daily’s Female Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 25-31.
Sherando coach Mike Marsh said that Leckie’s performance came at the perfect time for her team. He said she had been struggling some after suffering an injury in December, but is now starting to get her game back together.
“She’s just been struggling. She just couldn’t find her rhythm,” Marsh said. “All of a sudden it just was there – just offensively, defensively – everything’s just falling into place for her.”
Leckie is second on the team for the Warriors, averaging 7.9 points per game. She can do a little bit of everything for the Warriors and averages 4.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
She also is second on the team in field goal percentage at 43.5 percent from the floor.
Leckie has been on the varsity squad for four years, but this is her first season as a starter. Last year she was typically the first player off the bench, playing behind a strong group of four seniors.
“The seniors last year, I had been playing with some of them since middle school. So to be able to play with them their senior year it really meant a lot,” Leckie said. “I really liked being that sixth man sort of person, and just giving them breaks and being any type of energy boost or anything like that. I really like that feeling.”
She said it took her a couple games to get used to being a starter, but said she’s enjoying her new role on the team this season.
Leckie said she enjoys being a leader on the team, and one of four seniors on this year’s squad.
“I finally am captain of this team, and that means a lot to me, especially since I’ve been here since my freshman year and I’ve waited and waited and waited,” Leckie said. “I like being one of the leaders, and I feel like people look up to me. … I really like being known as one of the leaders on the team. I really take pride in that, and I try to be a good leader and role model for other girls and the JV team and anyone else.”
Marsh said that last year’s experience helped Leckie out a lot. He said she played every position on the floor, except for point guard, and her versatility is big for the team.
“She can play hard inside and play a bigger player, because she knows how to be a little bit physical,” Marsh said. “At the same time she can step outside and play someone with a little more speed, with a little more range, and defends them well too.”
The Warriors are in third place in Conference 21 West, and Leckie said she likes where they are at as a team right now.
She said she’s put in a lot of time in the offseason and wants to keep her senior season going as long as she can.
“I’m always in the gym. I started coming to the gym for senior season in April of this past year, and I haven’t really left and I don’t wanna leave,” Leckie said.
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