St. Ignatius girls’ basketball player Maddie Ennis drives up the court against Sacred Heart Cathedrail in a game on Jan. 8, 2019 in Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

St. Ignatius girls’ basketball player Maddie Ennis drives up the court against Sacred Heart Cathedrail in a game on Jan. 8, 2019 in Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

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St. Ignatius’s do-everything forward Maddie Ennis averaged a double-double as a senior

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Even with the odds stacked against her through her senior year, Maddie Ennis never gave up.

Playing at St. Ignatius meant dealing with not only the rigors of the West Catholic Athletic League, but national powerhouse Mitty and top recruit Haley Jones. Combine that with a series of disheartening losses, including a home defeat to Valley Christian on a last-second 3-pointer and two to archrival Sacred Heart Cathedral, and it would have been easy for Ennis to mail it in.

Instead, she just kept plugging away, averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds while earning a scholarship to play at the University of the Pacific, an offer she committed to take last week.

No matter how difficult the competition got, she was always able to meet the demands of the occasion, including a 20-point, 14-rebound performance in her final high school game, a loss to East Bay power Orinda-Miramonte.

“Maddie is a relentless competitor who has the ability to turn the page and not dwell on adversity,” said her father, Rob Ennis. “When you play as hard as she does, you have to move forward to the next play.”

That mentality to move forward kept her fighting on through physical defenses that constantly hacked at her on the way to the hoop, which she adjusted for by shooting 65% on free throws. Combine that with her 50% performance from the field and double-double average, and it’s easy to understand why even teams like Mitty, led by legendary head coach Sue Phillips, had to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at Ennis to slow the 5-foot-11 senior down.

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