Reading's Olivia Healy was named Gatorade Player of the Year in girls basketball this morning for Massachusetts. Here are the winners for the other five New England states:
CONNECTICUT: SARAH VEILLEUX, RHAM
The 6-foot junior guard led the Sachems to a 21-4 record and the Class L semifinals this past season. Veilleux averaged 28.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.5 assists per game. A three-time All-Conference selection, she was a Second Team New Haven Register All-State honoree as a sophomore.
Veilleux has maintained a 4.39 GPA in the classroom. Also a volleyball standout, she has served as a tutor in her school and has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs.
“Veilleux is an outstanding player,” said Josh Dinerman, head coach at Rocky Hill High. “She’s a dominant scorer, but she also does all the little things which make her a complete player. She controls the game, offensively and defensively.”
RHODE ISLAND: TAYLOR BUCKLEY, EXETER-WEST GREENWICH
The 5-foot-11 junior center averaged 17.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game this past season, leading the Scarlet Knights (21-2) to the Division I state semifinals. Buckley was a Rhode Island Coaches Association First Team All-State selection and a First Team All-Division I honoree. She led all of Division I in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.
Buckley, who is home-schooled, has maintained a 3.83 GPA. A volunteer with the Prudence Island Volunteer Fire Department, she has also donated her time locally on behalf of the Providence Rescue Mission, as a nursery school volunteer and as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit third-world hunger awareness.
“Taylor Buckley is very strong and tough to defend,” said Gary Martinelli, head coach of Ponaganset High. “She can score out to 15 feet. She has great hands and is a tough defender down low. She’s the best low-post presence in the state.”
NEW HAMPSHIRE: JAMIE SHERBURNE, BISHOP GUERTIN
The 5-foot-7 junior point guard averaged 10.6 points, 3.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game this past season, leading the Cardinals (23-3) to the Division I state championship game. A 2012 Nashua Telegraph First Team All-Star, Sherburne helped Bishop Guertin to its first basketball state title as a sophomore. She was named to the Nike 17U National Championship All-Tournament Team in the summer of 2012 as a member of the NH Rivals AAU team.
Sherburne has maintained a 3.13 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as a youth basketball and soccer coach.
“Jamie is a dynamic player who drives that team,” said Cassie Turcotte, head coach of Winnacunnet High. “She is also just as tough defensively as she is offensively. She bothers players and creates turnovers.”
Sherburne has made a verbal commitment to attend Niagara University on an athletic scholarship beginning in the fall of 2014.
MAINE: ALLIE CLEMENT, CATHERINE MCAULEY
The 5-foot-8 junior point guard led the Lions to a 23-0 record and their third straight Class A state title this past season. Clement averaged 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.5 assists while shooting at 56 percent from inside the arc. The 2013 Edward “Red” McMann Award winner as the outstanding player of the state tournament, Clement scored 13 points in a 60-45 win over Bangor in the state final.
Clement has maintained a 94.7 average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as an elementary school library assistant and on behalf of the Falmouth Food Pantry. She has also donated her time helping to collect sneakers for underprivileged children.
“Allie Clement has an extremely high basketball IQ and she always seems to make the right play,” said Laughn Berthiaume, head coach at Gorham High. “Whenever they needed a big basket, she was able to deliver. She is a high energy player who was always able to control the tempo of the game.”
VERMONT: EMILY KINNESTON, CHAMPLAIN VALLEY UNION
The 5-foot-8 junior guard has led the Redhawks to a 21-0 record and a berth in the Division 1 semifinals against Burlington, scheduled for March 14. Kinneston is averaging 12.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.5 assists per game entering the state’s final four. She is a First Team All-Metro selection and a member of the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Dream Dozen.
Kinneston has maintained a 3.90 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, youth sports camps and a literacy-outreach program.
“She is the most complete player we have in the state,” said Glenn Johnson, head coach at Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans. “She plays the game the right way and she can take a game over on the defensive end and the offensive end.”