Cassie Maxie is a big believer in teamwork.
The senior at Brownstown Central said that playing together on the basketball court will lead to success the rest of the season.
“I think we’ve become one team now,” she said. “These past few games we’ve played strong and I think we can do it.
“Communication is very important. We probably work harder on communicating than anything else in the game. You have to communicate throughout the game.”
Maxie began her basketball career in the Enter His Courts program.
She has played as a guard on the floor for the Braves.
“I like to play on the right side (of the offense),” Maxie said. “I like to drive. I like to face man-to-man the best because it’s easier to break the defense.”
Maxie said she has worked on dribbling with her left hand so when teams overplay her to the right side she can take the ball the other way.
On the other side of the ball, Maxie prefers to play with a high-energy press.
“Pressing is my favorite,” Maxie said. “I play at the top, near the ball. I like to trap and force turnovers.”
Maxie, who considers her quickness the strongest part of her game, said she has enjoyed playing basketball throughout her career at Brownstown and especially likes playing in front of the home crowd.
“I like the environment,” she said. “I think we have a good fan base so they’re fun. I’ll remember all the memories from all the girls, getting to do all the fun things with them.”
Some of Maxie’s favorite basketball memories are playing in the Eastern Greene Holiday tournament.
“It’s a lot of practice, a lot of hard work, and competitive most of the time, so it’s good for us,” Maxie said. “Practice is always harder than the games, but that’s what makes us better in the games. Our work ethic during practice is really good.”
Maxie said you have to believe in yourself and in your teammates.
“(Mental toughness) is really important because if someone is down they’re not going to play as good as what they do when they’re up,” Maxie said. “You have to remember to keep a positive attitude and cheer others up.”
The senior has enjoyed participating in several clubs and organizations while at Brownstown.
“I’ve enjoyed all the fun activities that Brownstown offers,” Maxie said. “It’s a good school. There’s not one thing specifically I can pick out. I’ve made a lot of friends, a lot of memories. With basketball and the clubs I’m in its been a fun four years.”
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Name: Cassie Maxie
School: Brownstown Central High School
Parents: Ronnie Maxie, Natalie Caudill
Siblings: Casey, Caroline
Sports: basketball 4 years
Athletic honors: most improved
Organizations: National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Booster Club, Letterman’s Club
Plans after high school: attend University of Southern Indiana
Favorite food: hash brown casserole
Favorite TV show: Pretty Little Liars
Favorite team: Kentucky Wildcats