Basketball Hall of Fame
honors Madisons Eades-Krebs
still ranks third in
Mdison High Schools most points scored
(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 Cubs 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
Krebs, who now teaches physical education to elementary students in
Lees 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 Fames 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 doesnt seem real right now that she is going
to be inducted into the Indiana Hall of Fame. Its simply
overwhelming, said Krebs during a March telephone interview. I
mean, I dont think it will sink in until I am actually there.
She hasnt told her students or many friends about the honor she
will receive. I just dont 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.
continues to inspire
young athletes as
a physical education
teacher in Lees
Missourians dont 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
While at Madison, Krebs graduated in 1980 as the schools 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,
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 Womens ABA selection
process. However, her coach gave her a heads up that the
league wouldnt 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
Krebs believes that womens professional ball leagues have trouble
surviving financially and lack fan support because women cant
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 wouldnt 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. Dont let anyone tell you that
you cant 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. Ive
kicked myself for not at least trying.
Krebs isnt 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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