Athlete of the Week: Kaci Donovan

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The Owego girl’s basketball team is off to a hot start in 2018, currently sitting inside the top 15 of the Class B state rankings.

A big reason for that is this week’s Athlete of the Week.

Sports Director Cam Lavallee has her story.

“She’s a riot, actually. Pretty soft-spoken. Jokes around a lot. We have a great time in practice. We have a great time during the day in school any time I see her in the hallways. Great teammate, great friend. Just an overall great personality,” says head coach Luke McEvoy.

Owego sophomore Kaci Donovan knows how to have a good time when she’s out on the basketball court.

Starting in the driveway at six years old, Donovan’s love for the sport has grown, as have her skills with a ball in her hands.

Donovan sees one area in particular in her game that she likes most.

“I think, I have a mid-range game. I do, especially passing. All the dimes, especially to Evee and Anna. We all work really well together,” Donovan said.

However, there’s a lot more to Kaci’s game than just her ability to set up teammates.

Owego head coach Luke McEvoy knows that Kaci is something special on the court, and is a multi-talented threat.

“Just a versatile skill set. Her size, her athleticism, the ability to shoot and handle the basketball is a difficult match-up for other teams. She looks for her teammates, she’s able to set them up in good spots to be able to score. And defensively, she makes things difficult for people as well with her length. And her anticipation as well.”

With all the talent and potential that Kaci possesses, it’s no surprise that many college scouts and coaches have been eyeing her since last year when Donovan was a freshman.

However, McEvoy says Kaci handled all the attention very well and with grace while continuing to work just as hard.

“Surprisingly well for a young player like she was last year when coaches and schools really started to call and send letters and show up at games. I think she’s really enjoyed the process of it as well too. She’s not taking anything for granted. She continues to work hard. And she goes out there and performs to show them what she’s capable of doing, and what her potential is as well too.”

With all the positive things surrounding her, it would be easy to see how Kaci could just get caught up in it all.

But, she says that because of what she’s been taught by her parents, she’s able to stay grounded and focused on the task at hand.

“100 percent. They’ve always been there for me. I’ve always grown from them. They’ve always taught me life lessons, especially basketball. How I have to appreciate every little moment of it because it could all go away.”

With good health, hard work, and continued growth, there’s no denying that Kaci’s basketball career won’t be going anywhere but up for years to come.

Donovan and Owego are off until after the new year, hitting the court next on January 4th at home against Maine-Endwell.

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