When Manchester Valley guard Mackenzie DeWees scored her 26th point in Friday night’s game at North Hagerstown, the referee stopped the game.
“I was like, ‘What’s going on? Did I travel?’ ” DeWees said with a laugh.
No. She had just scored her 2,000th career point.
North Hagerstown athletic director Dan Cunningham didn’t want that to go unnoticed because the Mavericks were playing on the road, so he stopped the game to announce it.
With the milestone, DeWees becomes just the ninth girl in Baltimore high school basketball history to hit the 2,000-point mark. She is only the fourth public school player to make it and the first from outside Anne Arundel County. (See chart below.)
“I’m honored to be one of those nine players,” DeWees said Sunday night. “I feel like I do a good job representing Manchester Valley and Carroll County, and I really couldn’t have done it without my teammates. They pass me the ball and find me when I’m open. Even if I’m double-teamed or triple-teamed, they hit me where I need to be hit, so I can score. It can’t just be one player. They know that and I know that, and that’s why we win games. It’s really for them.”
While DeWees obviously scores a lot of points, she has an awful lot of assists as well. The three-time Carroll County Player of the Year has 360 career assists, a number she may be happier with than the scoring mark.
“That’s what I really like doing the most. When I make the pass and they make the shot, it’s one of those great moments,” said DeWees a natural point guard who plays all over the court for the Mavericks and also eclipsed 1,000 career rebounds last week.
Heather DeWees said Mackenzie has always been like that. At a showcase at Mount St. Mary’s early in her ninth-grade year, Mackenzie had 48 assists in three games, playing with girls she had never teamed with before. After that, the Mountaineers offered her a scholarship, though she later decided to sign with Quinnipiac.
“She’s always been unselfish,” said Heather DeWees, who scored 1,045 points in her three-year college career at the Mount. “That was a showcase and I told her, ‘You’re supposed to score at a showcase. She said, ‘But they were open, Mom.’ ”
On Jan. 10, DeWees became the all-time leading scorer in Carroll County, eclipsing the mark of 1,782 set by North Carroll’s Caitlin Bach in 2010.
DeWees said she never set a goal to reach 2,000 points or to become the county’s scoring leader, although both seemed well within reach at the start of this season and she made it despite missing four games this winter with an ankle sprain. Her goal is to win a state championship. The Mavericks have fallen in the regional final the past two years.
“I just want to win games,” Mackenzie DeWees said. “I’m not trying to shoot as much as I can to get the points for myself. I’m trying to score for our team, so we can win. It really wasn’t a goal. I’m glad I reached all the milestones and I’m glad I got to be part of this with my family, friends and teammates — and my teammates are my friends. I really had no idea on Friday.”
With the season winding down, the area scoring record of 2,586 points is likely a bit out of reach, though had she not missed four games with the injury this season and four or five her freshman year, she might have had a shot.
It doesn’t look as if she’ll become the leading scorer in her household either. Her mother, then Heather Wable, scored 2,407 points at Fairmont Senior High in West Fairmont, West Virginia.
“What was really funny is she was like, ‘Mom, they’re making such a big deal of it,’ ” Heather DeWees said of Friday night’s recognition.
“[Cunningham] said, ‘Well, I never met anybody who scored 2,000 points.’ Mackenzie goes, ‘You just met my mom.’ That was pretty cute.”
Baltimore area girls basketball 2,000-point scorers
2,586 Curly Jones, Arlington Baptist (1988)
2,516 Tori Harrison, Towson Catholic (1983)
2,262 Patty Dages, Brooklyn Park (1983)
2,252 Chandrea Jones, IND (2005)
2,241 Taylor Murray, AACS (2014)
2,085 Alex McGuire, Arundel (2005)
2,064 Dayna Scott, Southern-AA (1985)
2,056 Marah Strickland, St. John’s-CP/Towson Catholic (2007)
2,004 Mackenzie DeWees, Manchester Valley (active, 2018)