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: Brittany McPhee
School: Mount Rainier (Des Moines, Wash.)
Athletic achievement: McPhee averaged 22.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals, 2.8 assists and 2.6 blocks per game this season, leading the Rams (27-2) to a third-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament, capturing First Team All-Tournament honors. Also a First Team All-Area selection as named by The Seattle Times, she earned South Puget Sound League North Most Valuable Player recognition and has set single-season and career school records for scoring and blocks in just two prep seasons.
Academic excellence: McPhee has maintained a 4.00 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to serving as a student ambassador at the Inter-high leadership conference, she has donated her time as a youth basketball and soccer instructor.
“Brittany is the best basketball player in our state in my opinion,” said Terry Johnson, head coach at Auburn Riverside (Auburn, Wash.). “What is most impressive about Brittany is that she is very unassuming on the court, but then you look at her stats at the end of the game and her numbers are consistently impressive. But she doesn’t look to get her own statistics at the expense of her team. She just plays to win. Since I have been coaching at Riverside, she is the most difficult player we have had to deal with in terms of matchups.”
THE FUTURE: McPhee will begin her junior year of high school this fall.