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: Amaya Brown
School: Cibola High (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Athletic achievement: She had led the Cougars to a 25-1 record and a berth in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A state tournament at the time of her selection. Brown averaged 18.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.8 assists through 26 games. The two-time District Player of the Year, she was a First Team All-State and All-Metro selection as a freshman.
Academic excellence: Brown has maintained a 3.39 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of suicide prevention initiatives.
“Brown is multi-talented at both ends of the court,” said Rick Apodaca, head coach at Santa Fe High. “She can attack the rim and shoot the mid-range jumper, but more impressive than her offense is her willingness to excel on the defensive end of the floor.”
THE FUTURE: Brown will begin her junior year of high school this fall.