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: Peyton Ferris
School: Twin Bridges (Mont.)
Athletic achievement: Ferris has led the Falcons to a 23-1 record and a berth in the Class C state quarterfinals against Winnett-Grass Range (Mont.), scheduled for Thursday. At the time of her selection, she averaged 18.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.3 steals, 2.4 assists and 1.8 blocks. A four-time Class C First Team All-State selection, Ferris is a two-time District 11-12 C MVP. She averaged 27.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, 4.0 steals and 3.0 assists as Twin Bridges won the Western C Division Tournament.
Academic excellence: Ferris has maintained a 3.75 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Also a junior rodeo competitor, she has volunteered as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.
“Peyton Ferris shoots well, plays great defense and plays harder than any girl I’ve ever known in my life,” said Mike McLeod, Ferris’ AAU coach with Montana Hoops. “Peyton’s numbers are better than anybody because she’s in Class C but she can play at any level.”
THE FUTURE: Ferris has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at Montana State University this fall.