OWEGO (WBNG) – Kaci Donovan has been playing varsity basketball at Owego since the 7th grade and on Saturday, the junior notched her 1000th career point.
“I have had dreams about it and I have looked up to people who have came here in the past and have done the same thing,” said Owego junior Kaci Donovan.
“Everyday she is either the first one to practice, the last one in the gym, those old basketball cliches,” said Owego head coach Luke McEvoy. “She is just a hard worker, she has pushed herself every single day to get better.”
Donovan, entered Saturday’s game against Millennium 30 points shy of the milestone. After scoring 26 in the first half, McEvoy planned to make sure Donovan would hit the milestone.
“At halftime, coach announced that I was at 26 points and I needed four more points so we kind of made a game plan to get me two buckets,” said Donovan.
“We had a quick little talk as a team at halftime. Most of the girls were not even aware of it so it just kind of came naturally as well and the game unfolded so she scored 26 and she needed 30 so at halftime. We said hey we want to go out here first couple possessions, and the goal was to get her to 30,” said McEvoy.
Early in the second half, Donovan was sent to the free throw line where she scored her 1000th career point before being mobbed by her Owego teammates.
“It means everything , I could not have done it without my teammates, all the support from my family, coaches,” said Donovan.
“It is a great feeling as a team and as an entire program. She has worked so hard, she kind of sets the tone for our team and gives girls that are a little bit younger something to strive for as well so she set this goal for herself and the team really bought in too so it was great,” said McEvoy.
Donovan has helped lead Owego to a strong start this season by scoring 122 points, shooting 51% from the field and 86% percent from the free throw line. On Monday, Donovan set the single game record for Owego basketball in 35 points in the Indians win over Elmira.
“We have a goal of getting a sectional title hopefully because we have not done that in quite a few years and then keep moving on from there,” said Donovan.
“She is going to be the one who leads us in that direction and all the other girls will buy into that and if we can play as a team, compete as a team, and let people carry us night in and night out for her and for us anything is possible,” said MceVoy.