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Thursday, March 8, 2012
West Virginia Girls Hoop POY: Makenzie White

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: Makenzie White

THE BASICS

School: Scott (Madison, W.Va.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: White led the Skyhawks to a 22-2 record and a berth in the Class AA quarterfinals, played Wednesday. She averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2.7 steals through 24 games. A two-time First Team All-State selection, White notched a triple-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 70-36 win over Herbert Hoover (Clendenin, W.Va.) in the Class AA Region 4 final.

Academic excellence: White has maintained a 3.24 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and as a youth basketball coach and camp counselor.

THE PRAISE

“Makenzie White is one of the best players I have ever coached against,” said David Williamson, head coach at Chapmanville (W.Va.). “She is an all-around basketball player and the best compliment I can give is that she always makes her teammates so much better.”

THE FUTURE: White has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of West Virginia this fall.