Catherine McAuley High School junior Allie Clement has been named the 2012-13 Gatorade Maine Girls Basketball Player of the Year, the company announced in a press release Thursday.
The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, and distinguishes Clement as Maine’s best high school girls basketball player, according to the release.
Clement is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.
Clement, a 5-foot-8 junior point guard, guided the Lions of Portland to a 23-0 record and their third straight Class A state title this past season. She averaged 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.5 assists a game.
Clement also won the Edward “Red” McMann Award winner as the outstanding player of the Western Maine Class A tourney and went on to score 13 points in McAuley’s state-title win over Bangor.
At McAuley, Clement has a 94.7 average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as an elementary school library assistant and on behalf of the Falmouth Food Pantry. She has also donated her time helping to collect sneakers for underprivileged children.
“Allie Clement has an extremely high basketball IQ and she always seems to make the right play,” said Laughn Berthiaume, head coach at Gorham High. “Whenever they needed a big basket, she was able to deliver. She is a high energy player who was always able to control the tempo of the game.”