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Friday, February 24, 2012
Eye on POY: Maine girls basketball

By Joel Beck

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.

Alexa Coulombe
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 .

Meghan Gribbin
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)

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.