ESPNBoston.com and its High School section today announced that Nicole Boudreau, senior guard for the Andover Golden Warriors, is the recipient of its second annual "Miss Basketball" award, presented annually to the top female high school basketball player in Massachusetts.
The Miss Basketball award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents, as well as analysts from Scouts Inc. Boudreau, who was also the recipient of the inaugural Miss Basketball award last season, will be presented with the award at a later date.
"We are honored to present our Miss Basketball award to Nicole Boudreau for the second straight year," said ESPN Boston High Schools co-editor Brendan Hall, who coordinates the site’s basketball coverage. "As it was in 2011, there is no more fitting candidate than Nicole, and this year especially, it's not even close. There was no more dominant player in the state, and no player more automatic in the clutch."
Boudreau leaves Andover as the most decorated basketball player in school history, having led the Warriors to a third straight MIAA Division 1 state championship last weekend with a 61-45 win over Holyoke. The two-time Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year, and three-time Merrimack Valley Conference MVP, leaves Andover as the school's all-time leading scorer for either gender, with exactly 2,200 points. In her four years with the varsity, the Warriors went 99-9 -- including an impressive 80-4 mark in the three state championship seasons. The Warriors concluded the 2011-12 season having won 38 straight games with Boudreau, dating back to Feb. 6, 2011.
This season, the 5-foot-9 Boudreau led the Warriors in every major category -- scoring (22.6 points), rebounding (8.5), steals (5.9), assists (4.0), blocks (2.2), free-throw percentage (78 pct.) and field goal percentage (54 pct.) -- as they captured their third straight state title, and fourth overall. In her final game as a Warrior, she scored 31 points -- 27 in the second half -- as they overcame a halftime deficit to capture the state title on Saturday at the DCU Center.
"I have no problem going on record saying she was the best shooter in the state this season -- male or female," Hall said. "She was a consummate stat sheet filler these past three seasons, in every perceivable fashion. The other thing to keep in mind is that she was the team's tallest regular starter, and there were plenty of times in the playoffs where the Warriors were at a disadvantage. But no matter the score, behind or up, Boudreau always took over in the fourth quarter. I think it all comes from that drive -- she's a ferocious competitor."
Outside of basketball, Boudreau has maintained a 3.96 weighted GPA in the classroom. A standout golfer as the 2010 junior champion at Andover Country Club, she has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach and referee.
Boudreau signed a National Letter of Intent last November to play basketball at Boston College, and will suit up for the Eagles beginning this fall.