Northwestern’s Madison Layden named Gatorade Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year for 2020
Northwestern’s Madison Layden was named the winner of the Gatorade Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year award, the company announced Friday, becoming the first such honoree from her school.
Layden beat out last year’s Gatorade POY, Hamilton Southeastern’s Oregon-bound Sydney Parrish, for this year’s award. Parrish was making a bid to become the sixth Indiana player to win the award twice since its inception in 1986.
A 6-foot-1 senior guard headed to play in the Big Ten at Purdue, Layden led Northwestern to a 3A state title in 2019, and back to the championship game this season. The three-time first-team all-state selection carries a 4.01 GPA, and also earned all-state honors in tennis and volleyball. She volunteered at the Kokomo Humane Society and at a veterans home, and has donated her time to helping out with Special Olympics and refereeing and coaching youth basketball.
As a senior, Layden averaged 25.6 points, 6.4 assists, 5.1 steals and 4.2 rebounds for the Tigers, finishing her career with 2,360 points, 713 assists, 539 steals and 509 rebounds.
As the state winner of the honors from Gatorade, Layden will now be eligible to be honored as the Gatorade National Player of the Year, selected from the pool of state winners.
Previous Gatorade Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners:
2019 — Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern
2018 — Amy Dilk, Carmel
2017 — Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead
2016 — Jackie Young, Princeton
2015 — Ali Patberg, Columbus North
2014 — Whitney Jennings, Logansport
2013 — Stephanie Mavunga, Brownsburg
2012 — Stephanie Mavunga, Brownsburg
2011 — Bria Goss, Ben Davis
2010 — Courtney Moses, Oak Hill
2009 — Skylar Diggins, South Bend Washington
2008 — Skylar Diggins, South Bend Washington
2007 — Ta’Shia Phillips, Brebeuf Jesuit
2006 — Ta’Shia Phillips, Brebeuf Jesuit
2005 — Cassie Kerns, Valparaiso
2004 — Janese Banks, Ben Davis
2003 — Katie Geralds, Beech Grove
2002 — Shanna Zolman, Wawasee
2001 — Shyra Ely, Ben Davis
2000 — Shyra Ely, Ben Davis
1999 — Kennitra Johnson, New Albany
1998 — Kelly Komara, Lake Central
1997 — Lisa Shepherd, Richmond
1996 — Jill Morton, North Decatur
1995 — Stephanie White, Seeger Memorial
1994 — Stephanie White, Seeger Memorial
1993 — Abby Conklin, Charlestown
1992 — Marla Inman, Bedford North Lawrence
1991 — Jennifer Jacoby, Rossville
1990 — Patricia Babcock, Culver Academy
1989 — Courtney Cox, Noblesville
1988 — Vicki Hall, Brebeuf Jesuit
1987 — Ann Zelleres, Western Boone
1986 — Shannon Freeman, Jay County