FREDERICKTOWN — Saturday morning, while Fredericktown Freddies’ girl’s basketball coach Tim Maceyko was preparing for his team to host the Cardington Pirates (15-1, 12-0 KMAC), his daughter, Allie Maceyko, received a text from Kynlee Edwards. The two had been teammates on the Pirates’ varsity squad for three years before Allie graduated last year, and Edwards, a senior, wanted to do something special to honor Allie, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Disease.
While there were plans for both schools to honor Allie and make donations to help the Maceyko family, Edwards had her own way of honoring her friend. In the game that afternoon, Edwards, who led all scorers with 24 points, snagged eight of her team’s 14 steals, helping to spearhead Cardington’s 94-34 win over the Freddies in their Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference matchup. In the process, she eclipsed the Cardington record for career steals.
In the text, Edwards promised Allie that she would break the record, which had stood at 386, and dedicated it to her. Before the game, she needed six steals to tie the record. Although, it was a tall order, by the start of the fourth quarter Edwards had five steals and needed one to tie the record. Then, she kept her promise and smashed through the record, getting steals in three straight possessions. First, she dished the ball to teammate Hannah Wickline (11 points), who scored. Then, Edwards scored on the next two steals herself, pushing her career total to 388.
“She’s just like my little sister and I couldn’t be more proud of her,” Allie Maceyko said. “She texted me (Saturday) morning and said, ‘I’ll break the school record for you,’ and she did.”
Edwards was delighted to come through for her friend.
“I played with her for three years, and she has always been a role model,” Edwards said. “We have been close with each other’s family. She has always been that person who was there for me.”
The stands were filled with fans from both schools wearing purple T-shirts with ‘Allie’s Team’ emblazoned across the front.
“Allie has been like another daughter to me,” said Cardington coach Jamie Edwards. “I coached her starting her sophomore year, when I came in. It’s sad when you have somebody that close to home having to go through a battle like that, but I know she’ll come through this.”
The tribute brought tears to many, including Allie’s mother.
“It’s just love, that’s all I can really say,” said Trish Maceyko. “Ever since Tim came over to Fredericktown to coach, it’s like we have a new family, and they have just wrapped their arms around us and made us feel special. I love Cardington, and now I feel we have two homes,”
“It was a great day and both teams came together to lift up (Allie’s) spirits,” Coach Maceyko said. “It was a nice crowd for a Saturday afternoon. It was really neat to see all of the purple shirts in the crowd.”
Cardington’s 6-foot-3 Casey Bertke added 23 points while leading her team with 10 of their 28 rebounds.
The Freddies were led by Olivia Mast, who put in 14 points while grabbing six of her team’s 16 boards.
Cardington’s Sara Stepp had 17 points to lead her team to a 45-31 win over Fredericktown in JV action. Mel Werner led the JV Freddies with seven points.
The Pirates host Mount Gilead in a KMAC game this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Freddies (0-15, 0-11 KMAC) will visit Village Academy today at 6 p.m. in a non-conference matchup.
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