The Columbia City Eagles did not factor into the final Northeast 8 race last year as much as anticipated preseason, but what their season did allow was for several younger players to maximize their varsity experience. Immediately, Carly Mabie was able to build off a great reputation she built as a sophomore.
Now as a senior, Mabie returns as the team’s second leading scorer at 8.5 points per game by hitting 41 percent of her shots, including 37 percent of her three pointers. She also averaged 2.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Mabie is a pure fire starter and there is no question that Columbia City is at their best when she has the ball in her hands coming up the court. She certainly takes the time to read the defense and make what she feels to be the best play for the offense.
In 2019-2020, it will be important for Mabie to continue to trend upward in offensive aggression. She hit 79 percent of her free throws last season so that means she needs to get to the basket and get to the line. It will be hard for anyone in the NE8 to match her fierceness on both sides of the ball.
“Our point guard, [Carly is a] good ball handler,” says Columbia City coach Amy Shearer. “Very aggressive and scrappy on defense.”