McGee named co-defensive player of year for Jayhawk West Conference

Their final record may not show it, but the Garden City Community College women’s basketball team was one of the best defensive teams in the country. And that unit was spearheaded by Donetria McGee.

McGee has been named the Jayhawk West co-defensive player of the year, sharing the honor with Northwest Tech's Lauryn Viera.

Her teammates: Jaleah Bellany, Alyssa Boyce and Ariyanna Hall were named All-Conference Honorable Mentions.

McGee averaged 7.3 points, four rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game. She recording eight steals over the final three games of the season and tallied a season-high three thefts four times- verses Seward, Colby, Coffeyville and Allen. On the offensive end, she scored in double figures nine times, which included a career-high 20-point showing in a 112-111 triple overtime loss to Cowley on Dec. 7.

"There wasn't a time Donetria didn't ask me to guard the opposing team's best player," Interim Head Coach Mike "Scoop" Harding said. "She was our best on-ball defender."

Bellany finished the year averaging 14 points per game while shooting 35 percent from downtown. She was fourth in the Jayhawk Conference in made threes (74) and 10th in percentage. She nailed a career-best seven long balls in Garden City's upset-win over Butler on Jan. 20. In fact, she drilled four or more triples nine times.

Boyce closed her Garden City career by averaging 13 points, 3.3 rebounds, two assists and 2.3 steals per game. She scored in double figures 20 times and scored a season-high 25 points vs. Allen on Nov. 30 and against Colby on Jan. 29. She recorded three or more steals 11 times including a season-best five vs. Coffeyville on Dec. 11.

You could argue that Hall was Garden City's most complete player. The freshman, who sat out nine games, still averaged 12 points, four rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. She scored a season-high 26 vs. Hutchinson on Jan. 15. It was one of four 20-point contests for the Arkansas native. Hall also shot 37 percent on threes, good for seventh best in the league. She was 23rd in both points and three-pointers made.

Tahlik Chavez had a season for the ages at Garden City Community College. And that hard work is finally paying dividends.

The freshman has been named to the All-Jayhawk West second team.

Chavez will go down as one of the best offensive players to ever come through the Perryman Athletic Complex. He averaged 20.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and one steal per game, all while shooting 44 percent from downtown. He set the school record for threes made in a season (108) and finished second in the league and eighth in the nation in that department. The sharpshooter also led the conference in scoring.

There were plenty of memorable moments during Chavez's freshman campaign, but the one that will go down as one of the best single-game performances in school history came on Feb. 15 at Dodge City. Trailing by 24 in the second half, Chavez put Garden City on his back, scoring 34 points and pulling the Broncbusters within two in the final seconds. His final stat line: 42 points, 10-of-24 shooting, 5-of-10 from three and 17-of-19 from the free throw line. The 17 made freebies set a single-game program record.

Chavez eclipsed 30 points four times, dropping 31 on Pratt on Jan. 22 before torching Hutchinson for 31 on Feb. 8 at the Sports Arena. His best shooting display came against Barton, where the freshman nailed a school-record nine three-pointers and poured in 31. In fact, he canned five or more threes 10 times during the season.