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Eye on POY: Kentucky girls basketball

2/29/2012

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.

Sydney Moss

Senior guard, Boone County (Florence, Ky.)

2011-12 Team record: 28-3

2011-12 Team standing: Play in 9th Region semifinals March 2

2011-12 Points per game: 23.1

2011-12 Rebounds per game: 10.2

2011-12 Assists per game: 4.4

2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.7

2011-12 Steals per game: 4.3

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: Florida (NLI)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: WBCA All-American Game selection; McDonald's All-American Game nominee; 2,900 career points (147 games); Two-time Northern Kentucky Girls Basketball Coaches Association First Team selection

April Wilson

Senior guard, DuPont Manual (Louisville, Ky.)

2011-12 Team record: 30-2

2011-12 Team standing: Play in 7th Region semifinals tonight; No. 24 ESPNHS Fab 50

2011-12 Points per game: 12.7

2011-12 Rebounds per game: 1.7

2011-12 Assists per game: 3.3

2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3

2011-12 Steals per game: 4.7

Academics: B-plus average

Collegiate destination: Purdue (NLI)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Three-time Honorable Mention All-State selection; Three-time All-7th Region selection; 1,537 career points

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.

Jenna Crittendon: Senior guard/forward, Ryle (Union, Ky.)

China Dow: Junior guard, Christian Academy (Louisville, Ky.)

Makayla Epps: Junior guard, Marion County (Lebanon, Ky.)

Kyvin Goodin-Rogers: Junior forward, Marion County (Lebanon, Ky.)

Kara Wright: Senior guard, DuPont Manual (Louisville, Ky.)

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.