Kasey Gatson finished her college basketball career at Westminster College in Fulton Saturday night, February 27, in the conference tournament championship game. The Lady Blue Jays came in as the No. 1 seed after winning the conference regular season title with a 16-2 record.
In the first round on Friday night, they defeated Eureka College, 71-64. The win extended the Lady Blue Jays winning streak to 15 games, tying the school record. That was also the same night the Conference Awards were announced.
For the second year in a row Gatson was named First-Team All-Conference. She was joined by teammate Krista Armontrout, from Centralia, on the First-Team, Andrea Zalis on Second-Team and Mackenzie Haddox on the third-team.
Gatson was also picked as one of five members of the All-Defensive team.
The Lady Blue Jays, for the fifth consecutive year, were selected by the 10 conference schools for the Sportsmanship Award for their constant display of good sportsmanship. Westminster’s head coach Tracey Braden was announced as the SLIAC Coach of the Year.
In the championship game versus Greenville College, Westminster came up short losing 66-63. Greenville had the hot hand shooting 50.9% from the field as a team whereas the Lady Blue Jays only shot 37.9%. Gatson finished the game with 18 points and three assists.
Following the game, the SLIAC (St Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) announced the five member All-Tournament Team. Westminster’s Gatson and Zalis were named to the team for their performances in the tournament.
The Lady Blue Jays finished with an impressive 21-5 overall record, the second best in program history. For her senior season, Gatson averaged 13.7 points per game shooting 43.9% from the field and was second in the conference in 3-point percentage at 42.5%. She also averaged 4.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
Gatson will graduate this Spring with a degree in Secondary Business Education.