In her first season at Cienega, junior Treyanna Clay didn’t have any trouble fitting in.
The 6-foot power forward led the team with 13.4 points and 6.9 rebounds a game and shot a whopping 62 percent as she helped the Bobcats to a 26-2 record an appearance in the Division II state championship game for the first time program history.
Clay, a transfer from Catalina Foothills, had some of her best games of the season in the most opportune time. Arguably her best game came in the state semifinals against Scottsdale Saguaro, the defending state champion. She scored 21 points and pulled in 15 rebounds for her second straight double-double as Cienega won 57-49.
Picking Clay as player of the year was relatively easy based on her dominance on both ends of the floor.
Another top contender for the honor was Palo Verde junior captain Sydni Stallworth, who averaged 25.1 points per game and helped the Titans reach the Division III state playoffs.
Flowing Wells senior Shalise Fernander was also in the conversation. She averaged close to a double-double and stepped up as the team’s replacement for the graduated Lyndsay Leikem.
Sahuaro’s Sydney Harden and Tucson High’s Alexis Cortez were also the leaders of their teams despite being just sophomores. Harden led the Cougars with 13.6 and 9.1 rebounds a game while Cortez averaged 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.7 assists.
But Clay’s performance, especially late in the season, made her Southern Arizona’s best.