Sunday, March 16, 2014

NC's Johnson receives third consecutive player of the year honor

Natrona County's Kaylee Johnson grabs a rebound away from Cheyenne Central in a quarterfinal game of the Class 4A Wyoming State High School Girls Basketball Championship on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Casper College. 

Jeff Kirschman,, March 13, 2014

As if Kaylee Johnson and the No. 1-seeded Natrona County girls basketball team wasn’t formidable enough, the Stanford-bound Johnson received her third straight Gatorade Wyoming Girls Basketball Player of the Year honor on Thursday for an encouraging start to the Class 4A Girls Wyoming State High School Championship.
Johnson averaged a 4A best-best 16.7 points in 22 game for the Fillies (18-4, 10-0 4A West) and also led the conference in rebounding (14.3), assists (5.1) and blocks (4.3), shooting 56 percent from the field in the process.
Natrona County defeated Cheyenne Central 68-22 on Thursday behind Johnson's game-high 26 points and 19 rebounds to begin its journey toward the programs first championship since 2000. 
"It’s awesome. It’s really cool that I got it," Johnson said. "I’m happy I won, but that’s not my biggest concern this weekend, obviously."
Her 4.0 grade-point average and membership in the Natrona Honor Society also contributed to her receiving the award.

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