ESPNBoston.com and its high school sports section announce today that Olivia Healy, senior guard/forward of the Reading Memorial High Rockets, is the recipient of its third annual "Miss Basketball" award, presented to the best player in the state of Massachusetts.
The Miss Basketball award winner was chosen by a panel made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents. Healy will be presented with the Miss Basketball award at a date later this school year. She joins two-time winner Nicole Boudreau (Andover, 2011-12) as recipients in ESPNBoston.com’s three-year history.
"We are honored to present Miss Healy with our third annual Miss Basketball award," said ESPN Boston High Schools editor Brendan Hall, who coordinates the site's basketball coverage. "She was on the short list to begin with, and very quickly elevated her game to a level unparalleled across the state for the 2012-13 season. Quite simply, nobody put a team on their back the way Healy did. Night after night, game after game, she delivered."
Healy leaves Reading as one of its most decorated female athletes ever. She is the school's all-time leading scorer of either gender, at 1,897 points, breaking the previous mark set in 1985. In her four seasons with the Reading varsity, the Rockets went 86-7 with four Middlesex League titles, two MIAA Division 2 North titles, an Eastern Mass. Championship and the school's first-ever state title in 2012. The Rockets also endured a 48-game win streak, starting at the beginning of the 2011-12 season and snapping on March 11 in the Eastern Mass. Championship at TD Garden.
This season, with star teammate Morgan O'Brien sidelined for the year with a knee injury, the 5-foot-10 Healy shouldered a heavy load for some impressive numbers. She led the state in scoring average (27.5 points per game), and shot 54.1 percent from the field -- including a 41 percent clip from three-point range. She also averaged 11.5 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 3.8 assists per game. For her efforts, she was honored as the Middlesex League's MVP for the third straight season, and last week was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year.
"Olivia was something uncommon for this level of competition -- a blend of power and finesse," Hall said. "She was a significant impact on both ends of the floor, in all aspects of the game, at whichever position she played. Her physical tools are mature for her age. She can shoot from anywhere. Not too many players are as explosive as her off the dribble, let alone finishing."
Healy, considered one of the Bay State's top college prospects, signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Richmond last November.