The window on the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.
Senior center/forward, McAuley (Portland, Maine)
2011-12 Team record: 20-0 (Class A)
2011-12 Team standing: Class A Western final on Saturday
2011-12 Points per game: 13
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7
2011-12 Assists per game: 3
2011-12 Blocks per game: 3
2011-12 Steals per game: 3
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Boston College
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Maine Miss Basketball semifinalist; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference; 2011 Bangor Daily News All-Conference Team; 2011 Portland Press Herald First Team All-State; 2011 and 2012 Team Captain .
Senior point guard, Windham (Maine)
2011-12 Team record: 15-5 (Class A)
2011-12 Team standing: Lost Class A Western semifinals
2011-12 Points per game: 20.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.5
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Maine Miss Basketball semifinalist; 2009-2012 Team MVP; 2011 Portland Press Herald First Team All-State.
Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.
Kristen Anderson: Junior point guard, Leavitt Area (Turner, Maine)
Morgan Cahill: Senior center, Yarmouth (Maine)
Tiana-Jo Carter: Sophomore Center, Lake Region (Naples, Maine)
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