Female Athlete of the Week: Versatile McGraw leads by example

Name: Mikaela McGraw

School: Central

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: McGraw scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 46-35 victory over Huntingdon and collected 17 points and 14 rebounds in a 49-38 win over Northern Bedford.

Season update: McGraw is averaging 19.4 points and 10 rebounds per game for the 7-4 Lady Dragons.

Coach Rob Mock’s quote: “We use her for multiple things – she runs the point, she plays shooting guard and we ask her to post up once in a while. Her leadership on the floor is by example.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Leidy and Mr. Schneider

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Never Back Down”

Favorite food: Buffalo chicken dip

Favorite song: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

Outside interests: Tennis, travel basketball and hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Favorite college team: University of Oklahoma

Pro athlete most admired: Skylar Diggins

Best athlete I ever competed with: Ashley Smith

Best athlete I ever competed against: Huntingdon’s Bri Rivello

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad (Steve McGraw) and my cousin (Caitlyn Mathis)

Proudest athletic achievement: “Being called up as a freshman to play on the varsity team for basketball and setting Central tennis’ most wins record.”

How I got my start in basketball: Co-ed elementary league at Roaring Spring YMCA

Future goal: Major in accounting at the University of Oklahoma, then proceed to law school