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Thursday, March 8, 2012
North Dakota Girls Hoop POY: Holly Johnson

By Ben Rohrbach

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.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Holly Johnson

THE BASICS

School: Minot (N.D.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Wing
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Johnson led the Majettes to a 17-6 record and a berth in the Class A state tournament, scheduled to begin Thursday. She averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals through 23 games. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, Johnson was also named the 2011 Minot Daily News Player of the Year as a junior.

Academic excellence: Johnson has maintained a 3.23 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has served on the student council and has volunteered locally on behalf of an area homeless shelter and a clothing drive for needy children.

THE PRAISE

“Holly Johnson is a nightmare for opposing coaches,” said Andy Skunberg, head coach at Jamestown (N.D.). “She is a versatile player who can not only bring up the ball with pressure, she is also able to post up better than most in our conference. She is one of the better all-around players that I have seen in a while.”

THE FUTURE: Johnson has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at North Dakota State University this fall.