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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Eye on POY: Indiana girls basketball

By Eric Snyder

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.

Stephanie Mavunga
Junior forward, Brownsburg (Ind.)

2011-12 Team record: 18-3
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A Ben Davis Sectional first round

2011-12 Points per game: 21.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 12.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 5.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.4

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: HS junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds to help lead United States to gold medal at FIBA Americas U16 Championships; HoopGurlz No. 15-rated prospect in Class of 2013; 2011 Third Team All-State

Taya Reimer
Junior forward, Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.)

2011-12 Team record: 20-1
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A Carmel Sectional first round

2011-12 Points per game: 19.6
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9.6
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.5
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.5

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: HS junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 4.8 points and 5.0 rebounds to help lead United States to gold medal at FIBA Americas U16 Championships; HoopGurlz No. 4-rated prospect in Class of 2013; 2011 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.

Celeste Edwards: Junior guard, North Central (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Taylor Miller: Senior guard, Hauser (Hope, Ind.)
Alex Morton: Senior guard, Penn (Miskawaka, Ind.)
Maura Muensterman: Sophomore guard, Mater Dei (Evansville, Ind.)
Jessica Rupright: Senior center, Norwell (Ind.)

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.