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McAuley's Clement wins Gatorade Award

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McAuley's Clement wins Gatorade Award

PORTLAND—Catherine McAuley High School junior Allie Clement was named the Maine Gatorade girls' basketball Player of the Year Thursday, capping another transcendent season for the accomplished standout.

Clement, a 5-foot-8 junior guard, was presented the award during a school assembly. Her parents, Brian and Carolyn, sister Sarah, a McAuley freshman, and sister Camille were in attendance, along with Lions head coach Billy Goodman and assistant coach Bill Whitmore.

"I hadn't heard of a junior winning," said Clement. "I didn't think it would be me. It was a surprise. I was really happy."

Clement averaged 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.5 assists while shooting at 56 percent this winter.

She's won a Class A state title in each of her three high school seasons and has a sparkling record of 64-2. Clement was named the Western A tournament's "Red" McMann winner as the top player/sportsperson.

Clement joins former McAuley standouts Sarah Marshall and Ashley Cimino as Gatorade winners.

"It's cool to be in a category with the other girls who have won," Clement said. It's an honor."

"Allie is simply the best around," said McAuley coach Billy Goodman. "She played all season on one leg and was still very, very good."

Clement has gotten plenty of attention from colleges and is still weighing her options for the next level.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.