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Mabies goal of earning hoops scholarship within reach
Central Valley standout point guard Mikayla Mabie plays basketball year round. She suited up for two different teams during the summertime, including the Stanco Stampede and Hawks travel squad. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Mikayla Mabie's summer schedule consisted of basketball and more basketball.

The soon-to-be senior at Central Valley High School just finishing playing for the Turlock-based Stanco Stampede 18-and-under girls travel hoops team.

She also suited up for the Hawks' summer squad.

"You can't get tired doing something you love," said Mabie, a standout point guard. "I enjoy being part of a team. You meet new people."

Mabie was one of two returning players on the 2015 Stampede team.

"She's always had high expectations for herself," said Salinda Mendoza, Stanco's head coach and Mabie's mother. "She's learned how to get the most out of her teammates in a positive way. She's shown great leadership. She's matured."

Stanco played in eight tournaments from March to July.
The Stampede traveled to Oakland, San Francisco, Chico, Orange County, Anaheim and San Diego.

"It's my last year of AAU basketball," Mabie said. "It definitely made me want to work harder. The competition is amazing. All the girls eat and sleep basketball. They're coming for you."

"She's excelled in passing," Mendoza stated. "All the players contribute. We depend on everybody."

Stanco compiled a 4-2 record on its way advancing to the quarterfinals of the July 27-30 13th Annual MSNM Western Championship in San Diego.

"The team that beat us won the whole thing," Mendoza said.
"We did really well," Mabie added. "I was a distributor."

Central Valley's Adriana Haynes and Alyssa Costa also played AAU hoops with Mabie.

"Adriana's overall game is going to be solid this upcoming season," Mikayla said. "Alyssa's really come a long way because of travel ball."

The Hawks' summer basketball squad posted a 24-13 record.

Central Valley's highlight of the season was winning all eight of its games at the Chico State Camp.

The Hawks also played in summer leagues at Stanislaus State and Modesto Junior College.

Mabie's unselfish play with the Stampede helped her draw interest from NAIA Division-II schools and junior colleges.

"I've had a good summer," said Mabie, who honed her skills at Point Guard College in Sacramento. "I had college coaches watching me and talking to me."

"She has the potential to play at the next level," Mendoza said. "That's her dream."

Mabie will be in the running for the Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player award during her third-and-final season with Central Valley this winter.

Mikayla was selected to the WAC First Team her junior year. She averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game.

The Hawks accomplished their goals during the 2014-15 school year thanks in large part to Mabie's stellar play.

Central Valley finished in the top three in the WAC and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoffs. The Hawks went 18-8 on the year and placed second in the league standings.

Central Valley missed the postseason the previous two seasons.

Mabie gained valuable experience competing against elite competition this summer.

"It gives me more confidence and strength going into my senior year," she said.