High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Mooriah Rowser

Eye on POY: D.C. girls basketball

February, 23, 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.

Katie Gillespie
Senior guard, Georgetown Visitation Prep (Washington, D.C.)

2011-12 Team record: 22-4
2011-12 Team standing: Independent School League AA quarterfinals on Friday

2011-12 Points per game: 21
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 11.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.9
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Holy Cross

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011-12 Team MVP, 2010-2012 First Team All-League, 2012 Washington Post All-Met Watch List.

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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Girls Basketball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Name: Mooriah Rowser
School: St. John's College (Washington, D.C.)

Grade: Senior
Position: Guard

Height: 5-foot-9

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Washington D.C. Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Led the Cadets (28-2) to the 2011 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship. 2010-11 First Team All-Met selection as named by The Washington Post. 2008-09 and 2009-10 Washington Post Honorable Mention All-Met selection. Three-time First Team All-Conference selection. No. 38 ranked guard in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS HoopGurlz.
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