Donovan Becomes Owego's All-Time Leading Scorer
If you follow high school hoops in the area, the name Kaci Donovan is one you've undoubtedly heard before. The Owego senior who already has an extensive list of accolades maybe added her most impressive one to date. By scoring her 1,727 career point in the Indians win against Binghamton Friday, she became the school's all-time leading scorer. It was a record that had been held since 2005 by Kyle Dougherty who went on to play at Villanova.
Other school records that Donovan holds include points in a game, three pointers made in a game, and points in a season. She's committed to play college ball at Penn State and was also a finalist for the McDonald's All-American game.
Donovan says she didn't know the record was within reach until, about 4 games through this season. A member of the Indians varsity team since 7th grade, she says this accomplishment felt a little extra special.
"It was the best feeling ever," says Donovan. "Just knowing I have the community behind me and it's just super special because everybody was behind me, my teammates were super excited. Coach told me before the game, it was just super fun."
Luke McEvoy has been coaching Owego girl's basketball for the last 13 years including being the head varsity coach for the last 4 seasons. He says Kaci's success on the court has not been surprising.
"It boils down to her love of basketball," says McEvoy. "She absolutely loves the game, works hard. She's got a passion for it, she's in the gym constantly. Typical gym rat, look it up in the dictionary there she is. She's here before practice, after, practice on the weekends. Ask anybody in the building she's the one getting in the gym as much as possible in season or out of season. Doing everything it takes to accomplish something like that."
Despite the growing list of records and accolades, Kaci says her main focus continues to be winning basketball games. With about a month left in the season it'll be interesting to see how far she'll extend the career points mark, and what other records she can shatter along the way.