Casey McMahon | Supplied photo
Casey McMahon can look back on the early part of her basketball career and smile.
New to the sport in grammar school, she had a shooting form that was, some might say, unique.
“I had the weirdest form as a kid. My legs kicked out like a ballerina,” McMahon said with a laugh. “It was almost like I was doing the splits. I’ve worked at it, practiced at it to get more range and be able to shoot from further back.”
Has she ever. With Stagg’s recent loss to Oak Lawn in the Class 4A regional semifinals, McMahon ended her three-year varsity career as one of the area’s best three-point shooters.
She especially left her mark at Stagg, where she holds the school record for career three-pointers with 222 and the single-season mark with 87.
“If a certain coach would have been smarter, me, we would have had her for four years on the varsity,” Stagg coach Bill Turner said. “Casey also hit eight three-pointers in one game, another record. These are records I see standing for a long time.”
A 5-foot-7 guard, McMahon finished her senior campaign averaging a team-high 13 points per game while shooting 87-of-284 from three-point range.
Her overall three-point shooting statistics for three varsity seasons: 222-of-659, good for 34 percent.
Her very solid senior season started with less than positive results. The Chargers opened the season at the Hinsdale South Thanksgiving tournament, and McMahon took not one but two bad falls on her right wrist.
Nothing was broken, nothing sprained. But for a shooter like McMahon? It took some getting used to.
“It was more uncomfortable than anything,” McMahon said. “My thumb bothered me, and I changed my shot a little bit, so that was pretty annoying.”
The wrist improved with each passing game, McMahon’s scoring average and three-point shooting steadily increasing at the same time.
While the three-point shooting was her strength, McMahon was far from a one-dimensional player for the Chargers. With Stagg losing a strong senior class from last year, including McMahon’s older sister, Revi, she needed to assume a bigger role handling the ball.
Looking to improve her all-around game, Casey took on the challenge head-on.
“All these years, I didn’t have to worry about ballhandling as much, and that’s why this year was best for me,” McMahon said. “I’m so much more comfortable now.”
For Turner, it came as no surprise that his star senior stepped up, no questions asked.
“We needed her to be a point guard for us,” Turner said. “We asked Casey to do a lot, and she stepped up to every challenge for the betterment of the team.”
McMahon now can turn her attention to enjoying her last few months at Stagg before heading to St. Xavier University, where she will be reunited with Revi on the basketball team.
“It’s crazy the season is over,” McMahon said. “The day after the last loss, I’m looking to go to practice after school. I don’t know what to do with myself. I’m excited to play at St. Xavier, especially with Revi, my favorite player to play with.”