Devine named NCKC player of week

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By Sharon Graves

Lady Panther Hannah Devine recently was named North Central Kentucky Conference player of the week.

The Carroll County High School freshman scored 40 points and grabbed 16 rebounds during varsity games with Oldham County and Williamstown that week, Head Coach Randy Mefford said.

Devine also won the award as an eighth-grader.  She has been on the varsity squad since seventh grade, and teams in the eighth region are well aware of her skills.

Mefford says Devine sits the bench during freshman games and encourages them, gets them water and is their cheerleader.

“She’s going to have to keep improving on her game and continue getting better,” Mefford said.  “She has an excellent work ethic, and she’s in the gym working when other kids aren’t. She can improve defensively some, she knows that, and her ball-handling skills can get better,”  

Devine is a shooter, but Mefford says she also is pretty good about setting others up and making her teammates better.

“Turnovers can beat you, and she hasn’t made very many this year,” Mefford said. “She can play more than one position.”

Devine is a quiet studious girl who has designs on playing for a college team, such as Pat Summit’s Tennessee Volunteers.  She has been to Summit’s camp and already earned all-star awards there.

“I started playing when I was 4 and I just love basketball,” Devine said.

As Devine was leaving Mefford’s office Friday and the interview for this article, the coach asked what her grade average is.

“4.0,” she replied.  “I think I want to be a pharmacist, but I’m not sure.”

Mefford says Devine has potential and “is a joy to coach.”