High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Emalia Galdeira

Eye on POY: Hawaii Girls Basketball

March, 5, 2012
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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.

Dawnyelle Awa
Senior point guard, Konawaena (Kealakekua, HI)

2011-12 Team record: 28-3
2011-12 Team standing: Won Division I state title

2011-12 Points per game: 11.2
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 4.1
2011-12 Assists per game: 4
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1
2011-12 Steals per game: 4

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Washington State

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Iolani Classic MVP; 2009-2012 Division I State Tournament All-Tournament Team; 2009-2012 First Team All-Conference; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State;

Emalia Galdeira
Senior guard/forward, Konawaena (Kealakekua, HI)

2011-12 Team record: 28-3
2011-12 Team standing: Won Division I state title

2011-12 Points per game: 17.9
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7.7
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.3
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.2
2011-12 Steals per game: 4.7

Collegiate destination: Washington State

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 and 2012 Division I state tournament MVP; 2011 and 2012 First Team All-Conference; 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.

Kylie Maeda: Senior guard, Iolani (HI)
Kristle Henry: Junior point guard, Kauai (HI)
Casey Poe: Senior guard, Kamehameha (HI)

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.

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