The Gatorade State Girls Basketball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 fall season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Taylor Baur
School: MICDS (St. Louis, Mo.)
Athletic achievement: She had led the Rams to a 22-4 record and a berth in the Class 4 state tournament first round against Notre Dame High, scheduled for March 8. At the time of her selection, Baur was averaging 20.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 3.2 blocks and 2.3 assists per game. A two-time All-Metro honoree, Baur missed her entire junior year with a knee injury. She has recorded 13 double-doubles and one triple-double this season.
Academic excellence: Baur has maintained a 3.62 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally at a charter school and as part of a youth fitness campaign.
“Taylor is tough to defend inside which opens the perimeter up for others to score,” said Pat Dougherty, head coach of McCluer North High. “Her shot is pure all over the court and she can finish at the basket.”
THE FUTURE: Baur has verbally committed to attend Princeton University, where she will play basketball this fall.