CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – The accolades have gone national for Fairmont Senior’s Marley Washenitz.
Washenitz has been named as the 2020-2021 Gatorade West Virginia Girls Basketball Player of the Year by the popular sports drink company.
The Polar Bear junior nearly averaged a triple-double this season, putting forth 20.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 10 assists per game. She helped lead Fairmont Senior to the Triple-A girls basketball state title game this year.
Washenitz said earning this award means a lot, especially for younger players who look up to her.
“It means a lot and it shows my future and how much farther I’ve come. Freshman year I don’t even think I was a contender for half of the awards that I’ve gotten this year so growth and progress is really big. I think from a standpoint of kind of having kids looking up to me seeing that no matter what you do and no matter who you’re playing against as long as you put in the work it’s eventually going to pay off,” Washenitz said.
Washenitz also added seven steals and 1.3 blocks per game.
By being named the top girls basketball player in West Virginia by Gatorade, Washenitz is also now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award.
Washenitz is listed as the No. 1 player in West Virginia for the Class of 2022, according to Prep Girls Hoops. Washenitz is a two-time All-State selection, and has scored 1,346 points in her high school career.
Washenitz is the first local player to be named the Gatorade West Virginia Girls Basketball Player of the Year since Buckhannon-Upshur’s Hanna McClung (2017-2018).
The full press release from Gatorade can be found here.