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Hoops honoree

Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
honors Madison’s Eades-Krebs

She still ranks third in
Mdison High School’s most points scored

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

(April 2009) – As a young girl, Carla Eades Krebs wanted to play basketball, and she wanted to be one of the best. She succeeded. Krebs, a former Madison Lady Cub’s star who went on to establish a record career at Central Missouri State University, is scheduled to be inducted April 25 into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Krebs, who now teaches physical education to elementary students in Lee’s Summit, Mo., was named to the Indiana All-Star Team in 1980 and was later determined to be the Most-Valued-Player of the game at Kentucky. In 2005, she was named to the Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary Team. She has also been named to the Central Missouri State Hall of Fame and in 1992 was named to Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for basketball.
Krebs said it just doesn’t seem real right now that she is going to be inducted into the Indiana Hall of Fame. “It’s simply overwhelming,” said Krebs during a March telephone interview. “I mean, I don’t think it will sink in until I am actually there.”
She hasn’t told her students or many friends about the honor she will receive. “I just don’t want to toot my own horn,” she said, humbly. However, the principal of the school she teaches for found out and has pinned up articles and signs all over the school about her upcoming induction.

Carla Eades-Krebs
continues to inspire
young athletes as
a physical education
teacher in Lee’s
Summit, Mo.

“Missourians don’t really get how big basketball is in Indiana,” she said. “I tell them basketball is the national pasttime, so to get an honor like this is phenomenal.”
Mary Eisenhardt, who coached the Lady Cubs from the start of the basketball program in 1973 until Krebs’ senior year, said she was thrilled with her induction into the Hall of Fame. “She was always a hard worker and an outstanding shooter. It is so nice that she has received this honor.”
While at Madison, Krebs graduated in 1980 as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,220 points. She averaged 23.5 points over 52 games. She also led the team in assists, a feat of which she was particularly proud. “That never gets mentioned,” she said.
Today, her career scoring at the high school still stands as the third best ever, despite the fact that the other two players were in more than 30 more games than her and her mark was made before the adoption of the three-point shot.
“I sometimes wonder what I could have done with that three-point shot and the smaller ball that was later instituted for women,” she said.
At Central Missouri State, in 1984, Krebs led her team to the NCAA Division II National Championship. She was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team and was the Most Outstanding Player during that title bid. She was also named WBCA Division II Player of that Year that same year, and was a Kodak All-American two years.
Her records during her college years included scoring the most points, at 2,098, and a career best 593 assists and 251 steals. Today, her stats are still among the top 10 ever at Central Missouri.
Krebs was drafted in the first round in the Women’s ABA selection process. However, her coach gave her a “heads up” that the league wouldn’t survive the year and encouraged her to “weigh her options.” “I received an NCAA post-graduate scholarship to finish school for free, so I decided to take that option,” she said.
Krebs believes that women’s professional ball leagues have trouble surviving financially and lack fan support because women “can’t dunk and play above the rim.” “Fans want fancy and exciting action,” she said.
Not only was Krebs a great athlete, she excelled in academics as well. She graduated with a 3.8 out of 4.0 grade point average from college. “I knew basketball wouldn’t be forever.”
Always known for her hard work and excellent work ethics, Krebs said she likes to work hard at everything she does. “I am a classic over-achiever,” she said. “I have to go all out and do the very best, even if I am doing something like having a dinner party.”
She offered this advice to young girls who want to play basketball: “Make your dreams come true. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Go for it.”
She regrets an opportunity that she passed up to play professional basketball in Milan, Italy. “I was too afraid to try it,” she said. “I’ve kicked myself for not at least trying.”
Krebs isn’t the only successful athlete in her home. Her daughter Brittany Tate, 18, has earned a track scholarship to the University of Missouri. Brittany is a two-time state champion in cross country and a state champion in track as well.

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