Champlain Valley Union High School’s Emily Kinneston was named Vermont’s girls basketball player of the year by Gatorade on Thursday.
The award, in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports, recognizes athletic achievement, academic success and high character
Entering Thursday’s Division I semifinals, the 5-foot-8 junior has led the Redhawks to a 21-0 start and the No. 1 seed in the state tournament. She’s averaging 12.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.5 assists per game for the Redhawks. She also an All-Metro first-team selection.
“She is the most complete player we have in the state,” BFA-St. Albans coach Glenn Johnson said. “She plays the game the right way and she can take a game over on the defensive end and the offensive end.”
Kinneston has maintained a 3.90 grade-point average while volunteering locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, youth camps and a literacy-outreach program, the new release said.
Also a standout soccer player who helped CVU capture a second straight title in November, Kinneston plans to return to the Hinesburg school in the fall for her senior year.