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Ossining Basketball's Saniya Chong Gatorade's Athlete Of The Year

Ossining's Saniya Chong was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Girls Basketball Thursday.
Ossining's Saniya Chong was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Girls Basketball Thursday. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice File Photo

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Ossining senior basketball star Saniya Chong was named the 2012-13 Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Play of the Year Thursday.

Chong is the first girls basketball player from Ossining to be chosen for the honor.  The award distinguishes Chong as New York’s best high school girls basketball player and makes her a finalist for the  Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced later this month, the company said.

The 5-foot-9 senior guard has led the Pride to a 20-4 record and the semifinals of the Class AA state playoffs against Sachem East, scheduled for Friday. Through 24 games, Chong is averaging 35.0 points, 9.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 4.7 steals and 2.1 blocked shots. She was named a First Team All-State selection and was chosen to play in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Game.

Chong has maintained a B average, according to a Gatorade news release. Also a volleyball standout, she has volunteered locally on behalf of youth basketball programs.

“She does everything well,”  Mike Blanco, head coach at Scarsdale High, said in the news release. “She’s super quick, she can play the point and she’s a great scorer.” Chong has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Connecticut in the fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year award is in its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes. The awards are given in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports. The program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. 

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