High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Twin Bridges

Montana Girls Hoop POY: Peyton Ferris

March, 8, 2012
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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.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Peyton Ferris

THE BASICS

School: Twin Bridges (Mont.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Ferris has led the Falcons to a 23-1 record and a berth in the Class C state quarterfinals against Winnett-Grass Range (Mont.), scheduled for Thursday. At the time of her selection, she averaged 18.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.3 steals, 2.4 assists and 1.8 blocks. A four-time Class C First Team All-State selection, Ferris is a two-time District 11-12 C MVP. She averaged 27.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, 4.0 steals and 3.0 assists as Twin Bridges won the Western C Division Tournament.

Academic excellence: Ferris has maintained a 3.75 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Also a junior rodeo competitor, she has volunteered as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.

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Eye on POY: Montana girls basketball

March, 5, 2012
3/05/12
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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.

Lexi Dawkins
Senior forward, Bozeman (Mont.)

2011-12 Team record: 20-0
2011-12 Team standing: Play in Class AA state quarterfinals March 8

2011-12 Points per game: 12.3
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 4.7
2011-12 Assists per game: 1.7
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.3

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Montana State (NLI)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Class AA Eastern Division All-Conference selection

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