For a list of the other Gatorade State Girls Basketball POYs, click here.
THE WINNER: Saniya Chong
School: Ossining (N.Y.)
Athletic achievement: She has led the Pride to a 20-4 record and the semifinals of the Class AA state playoffs against Sachem East (Farmingville, N.Y.), scheduled for March 15. Through 24 games, Chong is averaging 35.0 points, 9.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 4.7 steals and 2.1 blocked shots. A First Team All-State selection and the two-time Journal-News Player of the Year, she has been chosen to play in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game.
Academic excellence: Chong has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: Also a volleyball standout, she has volunteered locally on behalf of youth basketball programs.
“She does everything well,” said Mike Blanco, head coach at Scarsdale (N.Y.). “She’s super quick, she can play the point, and she’s a great scorer.”
THE FUTURE: Chong will attend Connecticut.