Reading High senior guard/forward Olivia Healy has been selected as the state's Gatorade girls' basketball player of the year.
After a 25-0 season in 2011-2012, in which Reading captured the Division 2 state championship, the 5-foot-10 Healy averaged 27.8 points and 11 rebounds per game to power the Rockets to the state semifinals at TD Garden, where their 48-game winning streak was halted by Medfield in overtime.
The two-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic, and three-time Middlesex League MVP finishes her high school career as Reading's all-time scoring leader with 1,899 with points.
"Weíre just so proud of her, she had an amazing senior year," said Reading coach Kim Penney.
"Unfortunately we didnít end with a win but still (we were) so close, we would not have gotten that far without her leadership and tremendous play in every single game. She elevated her own game and in turn elevated everyone around her. We all played the best we could play under her competitiveness.
"Itís a wonderful ending to an excellent career. She's the best basketball player to ever come through Reading. Even within the state, there's a lot of great players but I donít know if anyone has carried their team the way Olivia has."
Penney said that Healy "took it to heart" when fellow senior Morgan O'Brien, an Assumption recruit, tore her anterior cruciate ligament before the season.
"She did what they could for Morgan," added the coach.
Healy will continue her basketball career next year at Richmond.
"(Richmond) kept coming to games, even after they signed her, which they don't have to do," said Penney. "They texted Olivia and I right when they found out she was Gatorade player of the year. It's just such a great fit for her."
Globe correspondent Pat Bradley also contributed to this story.
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