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Mabie makes name for herself at Fresno City College
Freshman point guard earns all-state recognition
A standout on Central Valleys varsity girls basketball team for two seasons, Mikayla Mabie continued her hoops career at Fresno City College this past winter. - photo by DALE BUTLER/Courier file photo

Mikayla Mabie accomplished a first in Central Valley varsity girls basketball program history by being named Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player her senior year.

Mabie didn't receive a single scholarship offer out of high school.

That didn't stop the 2016 CV grad from continuing her hoops career.

"That motivated me to keep going and prove people wrong," Mikayla said.

Mabie had a memorable freshman season with Fresno City College.

Mikayla was named to the California Community College Athletic Association Northern California All-State Third Team.

She also earned first-team all-Central Valley Conference honors.
"I always put my team first," Mabie said.

Mabie was added to the Rams' active roster after several teammates suffered season-ending knee injuries.

"It was a shock," said Mabie, who was supposed to just practice with and shoot game film for Fresno City College this past season. "I'm just playing the game I love. My coaches and teammates really believe in me. They've made me a better player. I have so many supportive people behind me. I want my team to succeed just as much as me."

Mabie averaged a state-leading 7.6 assists per game for the Rams, who posted a 23-8 overall record, placed second in the CVC standings and advanced to the Northern California Regional playoffs.

She had scoring and rebounding averages of 9.3 and 3.6, respectively.

Mikayla shot 44 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from 3-point range.

Mabie averaged 10.8 points and 8.5 assists per game in CVC play.

She collected a career-high 22 points in an 83-76 loss to Diablo Valley on Dec. 11.

She dished out a career-high 15 assists in a 124-58 win over Taft on Jan. 11.

Mikayla was named Most Valuable Player of the West Hills Tournament.

She earned all-tourney honors in Fresno and San Pablo.

"At first, it was difficult because I was a freshman and my team didn't know how to react," Mabie said. "I had to earn their respect. Once I got that, it was so much fun. My team's like my family. We have each other's back."

Mikayla started in place of sophomore point guard Julia Cuellar.

"It was really intimidating," Mabie said. "The first time I practiced, it was no joke. There's no walking. Water breaks, you run to get your water. If you're not diving on the floor, you're getting chewed out and coming out of the game. Coach (Brian Tessler) is a man of perfection. He pushed me past limits I didn't know I had."

Mikayla will be counted upon even more her sophomore year. She welcomes the challenge.

"I'm a whole different player," Mabie said. "I'm stronger. I'm in better shape. I can actually make a jumper now. I still need a lot of improvement. I need to get better at defense. That's always been a struggle."

Mikayla enjoyed a success-filled hoops career with the Hawks.

Mabie accomplished a first in Central Valley varsity girls basketball program history by being named Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player her senior year. She averaged 13.9 points, 10.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game while leading the Hawks to an 18-8 overall record, a share of the WAC championship and their second straight Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth her senior year.

Mabie garnered first-team all-conference honors as a junior. She averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 steals per contest for the Hawks, who went 17-8 and finished second in the conference standings.

Mikayla was a role player with the Hawks (12-12, 5-7) during her sophomore year. The Turlock High transfer averaged 4.7 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

Mikayla's mother, Salinda, coached Turlock High's varsity girls basketball team for nine seasons.

"My mom's probably had the biggest impact on me," Mabie said. "I sat on the sidelines watching her coach. She's my best friend. We talk after practices and before games. She's my backbone."