Erin Boley named Gatorade Player of the Year

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By Chuck Jones

Erin Boley of Hodgenville, a standout player for Elizabethtown High School’s basketball team, was named the Gatorade Kentucky Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year on Thursday, becoming just the third player in the state to win the award in back-to-back seasons.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” Elizabethtown coach Tim Mudd said Thursday. “We’re really proud of her. All her teammates were happy for her when I told them today. She’s very deserving. She’s a great basketball player because of her work ethic.”
Louisville Sacred Heart forward Crystal Kelly won in 2003 and 2004, while Louisville Assumption center Jenni Benningfield won in 1999 and 2000. The 6-foot-2 Boley could become the first three-time winner, though.
Boley is coming off a 24-point, nine-rebound performance in the team’s 79-38 victory over Mercer County in the opening round of the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament. Entering the state tournament, Boley was averaging 19.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, three steals and 2.8 assists.
The team lost Friday to Holy Cross.
The award not only recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court. Boley has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. The vice president of the junior class, she is a member of her school’s Spanish Club and Pep Club and has volunteered locally at an after-school program for children.
Boley is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year award announced this month.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, baseball, softball, and boys’ and girls’ track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.
The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Erin is the daughter of Scott and Mary Beth Boley. Her parents played basketball at LaRue County High School. Scott also played for Western Kentucky University.