Allie Clement has added yet another postseason award.
The senior guard from Catherine McAuley High School in Portland, who last Friday was recognized as the state’s Miss Basketball after leading the Lions to their fourth consecutive Class A state championship, has been named the Gatorade Maine Girls Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight season.
The Gatorade award recognizes athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the court.
The 5-foot-8-inch Clement averaged 18.2 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists per game in helping McAuley compile a 21-1 record this winter. She totaled 17 points, five assists and three steals in McAuley’s 67-41 victory over Oxford Hills of South Paris in the Class A state championship game.
During Clement’s four varsity seasons, McAuley compiled an 85-3 record, including 65-1 over the last three years.
Clement, the niece of current Duke University women’s basketball coach Joanne Palombo-McCallie, also has maintained a 94.9 average in the classroom. A member of McAuley’s National Honor Society chapter, she has volunteered with the Falmouth Food Pantry, as an elementary school library assistant and as a youth basketball coach.
“I really believe Allie Clement will go down as one of the top players Maine has ever seen,” said McAuley coach Bill Goodman. “Her ability to play offense and defense at such a high level while under pressure is what really sets her apart. Mentally and physically, she is a special kid.”
Clement has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship this fall at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Clement joins recent Gatorade Maine Girls Basketball Players of the Year Meghan Gribbin (2011-12, Windham), Niki Taylor (2010-11 & 2009-10, York), Morgan Frame (2008-09, Waterville), Rachael Mack (2007-08, Cony of Augusta), and Ashley Cimino (2006–07, McAuley).
The 2014 Maine Boys Basketball Player of the Year will be announced Thursday.