ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Kayonna Lee powers Husky offense

By: Jenn Chapman Email
By: Jenn Chapman Email

The Eau Claire North girls basketball team is undefeated in the Big Rivers Conference and in large part because of senior, Kayonna Lee. SportScene13's Jenn Chapman introduces us to this week's Gordy's Athlete of the Week.

"Just being a good player and humble, like you know, your game shows it," says Lee. "You don't have to talk to show what you're game brings because you'll show it on the court."

That's the type of leadership the Eau Claire North girls basketball team finds in stand-out Kayonna Lee.

"She was sick at the Marshfield game and our team just really struggled with our identity because she is just so much a part of what we are doing this season," says head coach Michelle Peplinski.

As a freshman and sophomore Kayonna played linebacker for the Husky football team. In her junior year she switched to volleyball to avoid injury, but this all-around athlete says she took lessons from the gridiron onto the basketball court."

"It (football) helps you mentally," says Lee. "It show you pain is temporary and you can get through it. It's all mental."

When picking a sport to take to the next level, it was a no-brainer, basketball is her true love.

"It just clicked you know, and I just love meeting new people," adds Lee. "Basketball has brought so much to me and it has changed my life for the positive. I just love it."

And in return, Kayonna has given back to the game.

"She's by far the most popular camp coach, the last four summers. Every little girl says how much they want to be like Kayonna," says Peplinski. "And I think that she wears that with a lot of pride but she also looks at it like she has a huge responsibility."

"All of us in the gym are lucky enough to get to practice with her everyday,": says teammate Cayci Wathke. "And she picks us up, and she really encourages all of us and she's just a great energy to have in the gym."

Next year Kayonna will play for Illinois State University.

"As the speed of the game, the level of the game increases, she rises to that occasion," says Peplinski. "I see her as having four solid years at ISU and being better every year than she was the year before."

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