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: Kaylee Johnson
School: Natrona County (Casper, Wyo.)
Athletic achievement: Johnson led the Fillies to a 22-1 record and a berth in the Class 4A state tournament, scheduled for Thursday. She averaged 21.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 6.2 blocks, 2.8 steals and 2.6 assists while shooting 60 percent from the floor through 23 games. A two-time First Team All-Conference selection, Johnson leads the state in scoring, blocked shots and field goal percentage this season.
Academic excellence: Johnson has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as an elementary school tutor, a youth basketball coach and as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit an area toddler who was born with multiple complications in her eye.
“Kaylee Johnson is the most natural leader I have coached in the last 19 years,” said Natrona County head coach Douglas Diehl. “She is very competitive and an incredible teammate. Her work ethic along with her classroom performance makes her the perfect role model for the younger kids in our program.”
THE FUTURE: Johnson will begin her junior year of high school this fall.