PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 14, 2013) – In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced future Scarlet Knight Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) as its 2012-13 Gatorade Arkansas Girls Basketball Player of the Year, becoming a two-time winner of the prestigious award..
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Scaife as Arkansas’s best high school girls basketball player. She is now a finalist for the esteemed Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced in March.
Scaife, is ranked as the top overall point guard in the nation and ninth-rated recruit overall by ESPNU HoopGulrz.
The 5-9 high school senior guard led the Hall High School Warriors to a 30-2 record and the Class 6A state championship this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Player of the Year, Scaife averaged 23.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.1 steals per game. A four-time All-State selection, she was MVP of the state title game and has been chosen to play in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game.
Last year, Scaife averaged 25.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 3.7 steals per game as she helped her Warriors to a 23-6 record and the Class 7A semifinals as a junior.
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