BURNFIN: Little Collins plays big in finale

3/8/2014

She saved her best for last.

She saved her best for last.

It wasn't Shauqunna Collins' most efficient game — she was 9-of-20 shooting — or her most disciplined — she turned the ball over six times — but in Garden City Community College's 68-56 loss to undefeated Hutchinson in the Region VI semifinals Friday afternoon, Collins proved what many might be missing about the 5-foot-5 point guard.

The blazing wrecking ball of player is one of the best in the KJCCC.

She's short. But every inch of that frame is filled with athleticism, talent and skill; but, most of all, it's filled with ambition.

Some call it heart. Some call it a chip on the shoulder.

But, for Collins, affectionately known as 'Q,' it doesn't matter what anybody calls it, she's out to prove everybody wrong either way.

Scouts that have seen her play call her impressive, for her size.

For her size, outstanding.

For her size, a gamechanger.

If not for her size, a Division I-bound talent, i.

Every adjective used to desribe the engine that led the Lady Busters to the Region VI semifinals for the third-straight season was prefaced with, "For her size."

She's all of those adjectives, but without the qualifiers.

I was not able to witness first hand her all-out effort to keep the Lady Busters in sight of the two-time defending Region VI champions on Friday afternoon in Koch Arena in Wichita, instead being relegated to watch online, but her ability and reliability to make a play when the Busters needed it was indescribable, as it was all season for the Lady Busters.

She twisted and blasted her way through the Lady Dragons' defense on several occasions, putting up and hitting shots that would make Lebron James blush, finishing with a season-best 28 points, and three assists, four boards and three steals.

It turned out to not be a tall enough effort to help the Lady Busters to the Region VI championship game, but don't tell Collins she's not tall enough.

She'll prove it wrong.

Sports reporter J. Levi Burnfin can be reached at lburnfin@gctelegram.com

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