About one month after Katerina Garcia scored a game-high 23 points in her prep basketball finale, the Durango High School senior remains a highly sought-after hoops commodity.
She was named to three Colorado all-star games this year, one of which - the Colorado Coaches' of Girls' Sports All-State Game - she'll play at 2 p.m. Sunday at Arvada West High School in the Front Range under DHS girls basketball coach Mary Psenda for the last time.
She'll skip The Show, an all-star exhibition March 28 at the Pepsi Center before a Denver Nuggets' home game against the Golden State Warriors.
She'll participate in the Colorado All-State Games, a series of all-star exhibitions June 13 on the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley.
Garcia, the Demons' most prolific scorer in program history, also was named this season's Southwestern League player of the year.
"That really says a lot because of how much time she missed this year because of injury," Psenda said. "That goes to show what the other coaches think of her in this league.
"I was - I don't know if surprised is the right word - a bit surprised, and happy, too."
Garcia joined Grand Junction Central's Amy Kame, Grand Junction's Fawn Brady and Montrose's Katie Abel, Hanna Bowden and Rachel Hansen on the All-SWL first team.
The second team was Fruita Monument's Sarah Hensley, Taylor Johnson and Mary McGee, Grand Junction's Lisa Hughes, Grand Junction Central's Haleigh Higgins and Durango's Neely Surmeier.
"That's two years in a row for Neely," said Psenda, who saw maturity in the junior's game this season.
"She's always been able to catch Kat's passes, but, as a freshman, it was kind of, 'OK, what do I do with it now?' She took big steps for us this year, as far as scoring, being a leader; she stepped in and was another option for us on offense."
Garcia scored 468 points this season and finished her four-year varsity career with 1,747 total points, a program best.
She averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 4.2 steals per game her senior season. She had a 1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio, shot 45 percent from the floor, 27 percent from 3 and 69 percent (114 made free throws) from the free throw line.
Garcia, who will play college basketball next winter for Southern Illinois-Carbondale, missed 2½ games because of a high ankle sprain.
"Her being injured and still getting the award says a lot about the respect coaches in the Southwestern League have for her," Psenda said.
"I honestly don't think she was back to Katerina speed until the Cortez game, really."
Garcia, who holds the single-game school scoring record at 37 points, had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in her final rivalry-game victory against Montezuma-Cortez on Feb. 19 at Whalen Gymnasium on the Fort Lewis College campus.
This year's basketball performance brought three postseason all-star games: one of which she always wanted to participate in but can't because of her commitment to the DHS girls soccer team.
Last year's leading scorer (13 goals) for the Demons and SWL soccer co-player of the year, Garcia will play an SWL home game March 28 against Grand Junction Central - the same day of The Show.
"That says a lot about Kat and her commitment to the soccer team and her teammates," Psenda said. "To turn down something like that to play a league game, that's Kat. She'd rather compete with her team in a game that means something, with her teammates."
Psenda, who was nominated to coach Sunday's CCGS All-State game, gets one more opportunity to coach her protégé.
"That'll be nice. It's going to be fun," Psenda said.
"I think (a player like) Kat only comes around once. It's been a privilege to coach her."