When McPherson High girls basketball coach Chris Strathman told junior standout Taylor Robertson today that she had been named the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, she had only one reaction.
“I would trade this any day for the state championship,” said Robertson, who also today has been named the Most Valuable Player of Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division III.
“I told her I knew she would, but this is still an awesome honor for her and our program,” said Strathman, whose team finished second in Class 4A Division I on Saturday after being outlasted 66-59 by Bishop Miege.
It’s the first Gatorade Player of the Year honor for the MHS girls since Katelyn Loecker won the award in back-to-back years, the last in 2013. Loecker just completed her final year at Oklahoma State, where she started this season.
Robertson averaged 23.8 points, 5.0 rebounds. 2.6 assists and 2.3 steals prior to the state tournament. She then scored 29, 22 and 30 points in the three state tourney games.
She carries a 3.83 grade point average and is the daughter of Terri and Dave Robertson. She also is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and has served as a volunteer for Special Olympics and the annual McPherson Thanksgiving Dinner. She also has helped with the youth girls basketball programs.
She will receive a $1,000 grant that she will donate to an organization of her choice.
The award is not only based on basketball excellence, but academic achievement and exemplary character. The school will receive two trophies — one for the school to keep and one for Robertson — as well as a banner for the school to display.