Nance named MVP

Dunkirk senior Khee Nance was named the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 1 girls high school basketball Most Valuable Player for this season.

Nance averaged 20.2, 8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game this season, one in which she led Dunkirk to the Section 6 Class B-2 semifinals for a second straight year and set a school record for career points with 1,144 passing Robert Nalepa’s old record of 1,039.

“I think Khee getting MVP speaks volumes for the athlete she truly is,” Dunkirk coach Sarah Bogardus said. “She was voted unanimously by all the coaches in our league. Knowing we have tough division and a lot of great players, it’s an honor to receive the recognition.”

Nance’s teammate, Lacey Clark, earned first team All-Star honors after averaging 15 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season. Fredonia sophomore Morgan Genovese (13.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game) and Gowanda senior Alexa Farner (14 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game) also earned first-team honors. Halee George of Allegany-Limestone (16.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game) joined the Olean duo of Maggie Moore (11.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game) and Sara Zeigler (11.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game) among top All-Star selections.

The second team of All-Stars include Katie Scott of Allegany-Limestone, senior Shannon Gunnell of Falconer, senior Emily Bantelman, sophomore Rachel Painter and senior Kaylee Pearl of Olean and Southwestern’s Alex Sullivan (junior) and Jenna Yuchnitz (senior).

Meanwhile, Fredonia sophomore Maddy Crandall, Gowanda junior Emma Weyland and Gowanda senior Markie John received honorable mentions. Allegany-Limestone senior Abby Watson, Falconer juniors Alyssa Brooks and Emma Steele, Olean senior Maddie Stavish and Southwestern junior Emily Wuebbolt were also selected.

Allegany-Limestone’s Brandie Fuller claimed the Sportsmanship Award.