The Drill: At G-LR, Post bakes love of basketball into every day

MacKensie Post loves basketball, loves her teammates, and loves baking.

GEORGE, Iowa -- MacKensie Post loves basketball, loves her teammates, and loves baking.

A senior at George-Little Rock High School, she enjoys basketball so much that it’s the only sport she plays. It’s been that way since she was in the fourth grade, though she considered going out for track and field last year.

But it didn’t work out. The track season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so MacKensie took it as a sign that she should just stick to hoops.

Her teammates are special to her. She entered the 2020-21 season with a chance to join the 1,000-point club, a goal she’s had since the beginning of her high school career. But she can’t talk about it without giving a shout-out to her friends on the court.

“I play for them, and they play for me,” she said.


Off the court, MacKensie is learning the joys of baking. Cupcakes are her specialty. Mmmmm.

Getting back to basketball, this week’s Globe Drill subject -- a 5-7 guard with a fine outside jump shot -- thoroughly enjoys the game.

“It’s the only sport I play, so I tend to work really hard at it,” she admits.

This 2020 year of the coronavirus has been difficult for everyone, but for MacKensie Post it’s also been a reminder not to take any opportunity for granted.

“Coming into it, we didn’t even know if we were going to have a season,” she said. “I just put everything into everything I’ve been doing. So like open gym, long practices, early morning practices. Even though everybody dreads them, I try to be positive and look forward to them because I don’t know if the season’s going to be cut short.”

The George-Little Rock girls basketball team has experienced losing seasons in recent years, but with several seniors on the team this season, Post hopes for a better end result. There’s a lot of talent on the team, she said. With more confidence, they’ll be able to win more games.

You can see a video of our MacKensie Post Drill feature online at . Here’s a brief sampling of the interview:

QUESTION: Who is your inspiration in sports?


ANSWER: “My mom, Molly Post, is my biggest inspiration when it comes to basketball. She is one of my biggest fans, she is actually the reason my number is 24. Her number was 24 in basketball. She helps me get better every single day, watches film with me, rebounds for me when I shoot. I just love to talk basketball with her.”

QUESTION: Have you got a special story to tell us about? Something that you’ll always remember from your days on the basketball court?

ANSWER: “Something that’s always going to stick with me is the practices and the games with my teammates. That just means the absolute most to me. I’m just so happy to be a part of this team with them. I love them. They’re awesome.”

QUESTION: Tell us the most unusual thing about you that some people may not know.

ANSWER: “Something a little unusual about me is that recently I started to bake. And I’m even starting to think about starting my own baking business, ‘MP Sweet Treats,’ go check it out. I just love baking cupcakes. It might not be too good for me, because I kind of like to finger-dip in the batter. … I just really like to bake cupcakes. I’m a big chocolate girl, so my chocolate cupcakes, I probably make them once a week.”

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George-Little Rock girls basketball senior MacKensie Post trains her eyes on hitting a jump shot. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

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