With a 54-34 win over Wharton on Tuesday, coach Carrie Mahon earned her 200th career win at Plant.
Mahon, originally from Plant City, never intended to be a high school coach. After earning her master's, she was an assistant coach at East Illinois then head coach at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., her alma mater, from 1995-2002. She moved back to the area so that her oldest child, who is autistic, could receive a better education.
“I never wanted to be a high school coach; it was just never on my radar,” said Mahon, who is in her 10th year at Plant. “It’s funny how you change as you get older, and now I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”
Some of her favorite memories include reaching the state semifinal in 2004 for the first time in school history in her second year. Individually, the three 1,000-point scorers she has coached — Porscha Williamson (’06), Michelle Taylor (’10) and Kelly Brennan (’12) — also stand out.
“Thinking back on all of the players that have come through the program, this is an accomplishment for all of them," Mahon said.