When Malarie Gilley was a senior at East Greene High School in 2010 she had more than one choice in front of her; what college to attend and which sport to play. A standout in both basketball and volleyball for the Hawkettes, Gilley chose the former and played round ball the last four seasons in Storm Lake at Buena Vista University.
On Sunday, May 4, she was recognized for her accomplishments on the hardwood and as a person, with the Female Athlete of the Year Award at the Second Annual Buena Vista All-Sports Banquet. The annual award is selected by the Harriet Henry Selection Committee and is in honor of the late BVU Hall of Fame Coach. The award is given to a female senior athlete in recognition of outstanding athletic ability and character, who exemplifies the many attributes of the award; perseverance, sportsmanship, academic excellence, integrity, and leadership.
Gilley missed the final five games of the 2013-14 season due to a knee injury, still ranked second on the team in scoring and rebounding. She was a second team All-Iowa Conference all-conference selection and was named to the Academic All-Iowa Conference team for the third straight year. Gilley led the team in blocked shots as a senior and ranks second on the blocked shots all-time list at BVU.