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: Jensen Caretti
School: River (Hannibal, Ohio)
Position: Point Guard and Forward
Athletic achievement: She averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds and three assists per game, leading the Pilots to the Division IV district semifinals this past season. A 2015 First Team All-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference selection and the nation’s No. 31 recruit in the Class of 2016 as rated by ESPN HoopGurlz, Caretti connected on 58 percent of her shots and recorded a triple-double in the opening round of the district tournament, collecting 27 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocks in a win over Steubenville.
Academic excellence: Caretti has maintained a 3.26 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted parishioner in her church community, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her church youth group and as a basketball camp counselor.
“Caretti is by far the most athletic female I have coached against,” said Scott Murphy, head coach at Frontier High. “She was able to beat us from multiple positions. She hit baseline jumper after baseline jumper in our first meeting this year and was making fade away three-pointers that looked effortless. There is no doubt she is a scorer, but what may be most impressive is her passing ability. She sees the floor extremely well from every position and sets her teammates up for easy buckets.”
THE FUTURE: Caretti has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at The Ohio State University this fall.