Eye on POY: Vermont girls basketball

March, 4, 2012
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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.

Sarah Illingworth
Senior Center, Hartford High (White River Junction, VT)

2011-12 Team record: 15-5
2011-12 Team standing: Plays Otter Valley in state playoffs, 3/7

2011-12 Points per game: 12.8
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 10.3
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.4

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: UMass-Lowell

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: VBCA Dream Dozen in 2011; First Team All-Marble Valley League; Third Team Burlington Free Press All-State in 2011.

Kari Lavallette
Junior Guard, Essex High (Essex Junction, VT)

2011-12 Team record: 14-6
2011-12 Team standing: Plays Burlington in state playoffs, 3/7

2011-12 Points per game: 15.3
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 3.1
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.5
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.3

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: VBCA Dream Dozen in 2010 and 2011; Burlington Free Press Athlete of the Week.

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.

Abby Iannotti: Senior Guard, Mt. Anthony Union High (Bennington, VT)
Hailee Barron: Sophomore Guard, Rice Memorial High (South Burlington, VT)
Kylie Atwood: Senior Guard, Lake Region High (Orleans, VT)
Ali Jones: Senior Guard, Poultney High (Poultney, VT)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

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