Guertin’s Carney named Gatorade Player of the Year
NASHUA – They don’t play their first tournament game until tonight, but already the Bishop Guertin High School girls basketball team has recorded a postseason win.
It was announcd Friday that Cardinals senior guard and leading scorer Erin Carney has been named the New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year.
Through 21 games, Carney has averaged 16.7 points a game, with 3.3 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.0 rebounds a game. She has typically been the Cards’ go-to player on offense the last couple of seasons.
Still, Cards coach Brad Kreick didn’t think it would be a slam dunk that Carney, a Hudson native, would win the award – there’s competition from players in the other three divisions – as Carney’s numbers certainly could have been increased on another team.
“It’s a good job by whoever is on the committee to look at all the underlying factors, such as her being an outstanding two-way player,” Cards coach Brad Kreick said. “She averages 17 a game in only about 21 minutes a game. The situation being what it is (Guertin winning many games easily), in 10 of our 18 games she didn’t touch the floor in the fourth quarter.
“We’re really happy for Erin and the program.”
Carney, last year’s Telegraph Player of the Year, goes into tonight’s Division I quaterfinal at the Colligadome vs. No. 8 Concord with 1,118 career points.
The award also recognizes academic achievement and character displayed on and off the court. Carney had a 3.87 grade point average at Guertin and also has volunteered her time as a youth basketball coach and also in fundraising efforts for the fight against ALS.
“I think the dominance Erin Carney has had is unmatched,” former Merrimack coach Courtney Cheetham said. “Since stepping on the court as a ninth grader, she has doen nothing but lead BG to state titles. She’s a 1,000-point scorer, but is also easily one of the top defenders in the league. Good two-way players are hard to find.”
Carney is the second straight high school player to win the N.H. Award, following former Pinkerton standout Brooke Kane. The three winners previous to Kane were from prep schools.
In other BG girls hoop news, Carney’s backcourt mate Hannah Muchemore announced she will be attending and playing at Keene State next year.
Muchemore had received a fairly well publicized offer from Post University in Waterbury, Conn.late last summer, but had since visited Keene State.
“She just fell in love with Keene State when she went there,” Kreick said. “It’s a good fit for her.”