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February 8, 2013

Ken East's McCarthy taking after her mother


Tonawanda News — Knowing that life at the varsity level is a daily learning experience, McCarthy tries hard to take away something new and improve every time she steps on the floor. She

knows her battles with some of the best forwards and centers in Western New York, like Lockport's 6-foot-2 Sarah Franco and Grand Island's 6-foot-4 Cassie Oursler, can make for long nights. 

But McCarthy, who stands at 6-feet, said those encounters are making her better.

"Yes it is nerve-wracking going up against people that you know are so good," McCarthy said with a grin. "But I also look at it like I'm seeing what she's doing, so I can see how she's playing and hopefully I can learn from what they do."

While McCarthy certainly has the size and natural gift for basketball, she also sees the importance of adding some grit to her game so she can use her size to her advantage.

McCarthy also knows that her desire to do everything to perfection sometimes leads to her overthinking her actions on the court. 

"I do still have small hesitations that I need to work on," McCarthy admitted. "And that's what I'm hoping to do the rest of the year and the next two years."

Knowing that each game is a step in the direction of becoming the best player she can possibly be, McCarthy never stops giving her all. And she never fails to make those around her smile.

"When you've got a kid whose head is in the right place and her heart is in the right place that's a kid you want (to see) succeed," Bondgren said. "You want to see it. I love her. She's a great kid."

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