THE WINNER: Kaylee Johnson
School: Natrona County (Casper, Wyo.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Fillies to an 18-4 record and a berth in the Class 4A state tournament, scheduled to begin March 13. Johnson averaged 16.7 points, 14.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 4.3 blocks while shooting 56 percent from the floor through 22 games. The 2011-12 and 2012-13 Gatorade Wyoming Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Johnson led all of Class A in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocked shots.
Academic excellence: Johnson has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Salvation Army and Kids Against Hunger in addition to assisting the elderly at an area retirement home.
“Kaylee Johnson is a very selfless teammate,” said Natrona County head coach Douglas Diehl. “She is also very coachable and an extremely competitive kid. She just keeps developing her game, as she demonstrated this year by leading the state in assists.”
THE FUTURE: Johnson has signed with Stanford.