High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Kennedy Kirkpatrick

Eye on POY: Kansas girls basketball

February, 23, 2012
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.

Katelyn Loecker
Junior forward, McPherson (Kan.)

2011-12 Team record: 18-1 (Class 4A)
2011-12 Team standing: Class 4A state tournament begins on March 7

2011-12 Points per game: 17.1
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8.1
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.6
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.5
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.0

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Oklahoma State University (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Shooting 51.3 percent from the field, 35.0 percent from 3-point range and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. Her 17.1 points and 3.6 assists produce 42.8 percent of McPherson’s 56.8 points per game. No. 29 ranked forward in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS. 2011 Class 5A Second Team All-State selection as named by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. 2010 Class 5A Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by the KBCA. Averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game as a sophomore, leading the Bullpups (22-3) to a third-place finish at the 2011 Class 5A state tournament.

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