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.
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THE WINNER: Katie Gillespie
School: Georgetown Visitation Prep
Athletic achievement: Gillespie led the Cubs to a 25-4 record and the Independent School League AA championship this past season. She averaged 21 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game while shooting at 52 percent from the floor. A two-time First Team All-League honoree, Gillespie is a 2012 Washington Post First Team All-Met selection.
Academic excellence: Gillespie has maintained a 4.16 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the Spanish Honor Society, she has volunteered locally on behalf of food and clothing drives for area homeless and a fundraising campaign to send books to schoolchildren in Africa.
“Katie Gillespie has been Georgetown Visitation’s go-to player for the past three years, and she has always welcomed the challenge,” said Jody Patrick, head coach at Flint Hill School (Oakton, Va.). “She has come up big all year against some of the best teams in the area.”
THE FUTURE: Gillespie has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at the College of the Holy Cross this fall.