Published 3/12/2013 in Sports
By ADAM HOLT
Monday was a good news-bad news kind of day for the Garden City Community College women's basketball team.
The bad news was that the Lady Broncbusters found themselves on the outside looking in when the NJCAA national tournament field was announced. GCCC also saw two players named to the all-Jayhawk West team.
After an injury to point guard Mikell Chinn led to a disappointing loss in the Region VI semfinals to Cowley on Friday, Garden City's chance to win the region was gone. Changes to the tournament format meant the No. 13 Busters (29-4) were still in play for one of four at-large bids.
Some upsets in other district and region tournaments hurt Garden City's chances, though. 30-3 Blinn College,Texas (30-3), Chipola College Fla. (25-6), Northwest Florida State College (24-4) and North Idaho College (28-4) were given the at-large bids. All four schools were ranked higher in the NJCAA poll than Garden City — Northwest Florida State at No. 5, Blinn at No. 8, Chipola at No. 10 and North Idaho at No. 12.
Region VI champion Hutchinson made the tournament as the No. 3 overall seed. The tournament will begin Monday in Salina.
The good news was two Lady Busters were honored when the All-Jayhawk West teams were released. Sophomores Tamara Jones and Deni Jacobs were named to the first-team and second-team, respectively.
Jones also was named the Jayhawk West's most valuable player. The Prosser, Wash., native was a first-teamer last season, and was the 2012 division freshman of the year.
Jones led the division in scoring (20.4 points per game) and rebounding (10.24). She was also third in blocks, averaging 1.55 per game, and eighth in free-throw percentage, converting at a 74.6 percent clip. Jones also made and attempted the most free throws (147-of-197) of anyone in the division.
Jacobs was ninth in scoring in the division, averaging 12.2 points per game. The Southwestern Heights grad also was ninth in rebounding at 6.18 per game.
Hutchinson's John Ontjes was named coach of the year, while Cloud County's Jordyn Alexander was freshman of the year.
On the men's side, Busters' freshman forward Jade Cathey was named honorable mention all-Jayhawk West and Region VI. Cathey averaged 13.2 points per game after becoming eligible at the semester, and shot 55.6 percent from the field.
Seward County's Bryan Zollinger was named men's coach of the year, while Hutchinson's Kadeem Allen was both player and freshman of the year.
See All-Jayhawk West teams on Scoreboard, Page B2.
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