A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Victoria Vivians
School: Scott Central (Forest, Miss.)
Athletic achievement: Vivians averaged 37 points, 13.8 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 1.2 assists this past season, leading the Lady Rebels (26-7) to the Class 2A quarterfinals. A two-time First Team All-State selection, she scored 1,221 points this season and notched more than 30 points in a game 27 times.
Academic excellence: Vivians has maintained an 86.5 average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: An accomplished vocalist and featured performer with her parish choir, she has volunteered locally on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.
“Victoria Vivians is a tremendous talent and a hard worker in all aspects of the game, not just offense and scoring” said Jeff Davis, head coach at Clarkdale (Meridian, Miss.). “She works extremely hard on defense and has great athleticism and basketball skills.”
THE FUTURE: Vivians will begin her junior year of high school this fall.