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: Allisha Gray
School: Washington County (Sandersville, Ga.)
Athletic achievement: Gray led the Golden Hawks to a 30-0 record and 61 consecutive victories along with a berth in the Class AAA state semifinals against North Hall (Gainesville, Ga.), scheduled for Friday. She averaged 32.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.0 steals, 3.4 assists and 2.4 blocks per game entering the postseason final four. The returning Class AAA Player of the Year as named by the Georgia Sportswriters Association, Gray shot 67.0 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from 3-point range (51-139) and 80.4 percent from the free throw line through 30 games. A First Team All-Tournament selection at this past summer’s Nike Nationals, she carried Washington County to the 2011 Class AAA state championship as a sophomore.
Academic excellence: Gray has maintained a 3.79 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the Foreign Language Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America, she has donated her time as a student ambassador and on behalf of the school’s National Beta Club chapter.
“She has all the characteristics you are looking for in a high school athlete,” said Bernard Bowman, head coach at Glenn Hills (Augusta, Ga.). “She has excellent athletic skills, outstanding academics and very good character. She carries herself in a way that would make you proud just to know her. I have been blessed just to watch her play the past two seasons.”
THE FUTURE: Gray will begin her senior year of high school this fall.