B-A senior has overcome two major knee surgeries to start in her final season

Ali Wagner , Staff Writer

Last week the girls basketball team defeated the Juniata Valley Lady Hornets 64-47, with the help of senior forward Makayla Carles.

Makayla had a total of 7 points, 4 assists and 7 rebounds. She averages at about 6.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per games.

For her efforts she has been chosen as the BluePrint’s Athlete of the Week.

Basketball has been a part of Makayla’s life since she was very young. She has been playing basketball for 12 years and was inspired by her cousin O’shay Tony to play basketball.

I feel that have been working hard, but I can work harder.”

— Mikayla Carles

To prepare herself for a hard basketball season, Makayla works hard practicing and strength training.

When it comes to big games, it’s the energy that get Makayla fired up and ready to play.

“I like the intensity of big games,” she said

As far as the regular season goes, Makayla is content with her performance this season. She’s scored in double figures nine times and prdocues on the glass every game.

“I feel that have been working hard, but I can work harder,” said Makayla

Makayla has torn her ACL twice, the most recent one occurring before her junior year during a summer league game  at the Summit.

Although Carles is proud to have overcome two major setbacks, it wasn’t an easy thing to do.

“It was very difficult. It was the biggest setback I’ve ever had,” she said.

Along with recovering from two knee surgeries, Makayla is also proud of the girls’ basketball team winning districts her sophomore year.

Makayla plans to attend Juniata College in a Pre-Physicians Assistnat program, and eventually go P.A. school.

She will be starting for the Lady Blue Devils as they take on the Everett Lady Warriors in the ICC championship game this Saturday, at Claysburg-Kimmel.