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: Tyler Scaife
School: Hall (Little Rock, Ark.)
Athletic achievement: Scaife led the Warriors to a 23-6 record and the Class 7A state semifinals this past season. She averaged 25.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.7 steals per game. A three-time All-State selection, Scaife is rated as the nation’s No. 10 recruit in the Class of 2013 by the HoopGurlz ESPNU Super 60.
Academic excellence: Scaife has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army and an area food bank.
“Tyler Scaife is the best female basketball player that I’ve ever coached against,” said Dell Leonard, head coach at Mountain Home (Ark.). “She can hit the three, drive, change directions in mid-air. She handles the ball extremely well, sees the floor and she’s a great passer.”
THE FUTURE: Scaife will begin her senior year of high school this fall.