The 5-foot-9 senior guard has led Scott to the girls’ state basketball tournament where the Lady Hawks are set to take on Oak Glen on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center in the state quarterfinals.
The award was previously known as the R.A. Thom Award but was renamed this year to honor Ostrowski, a former standout at Parkersburg Catholic and the University of Tennessee.
White, a West Virginia University signee, edged out Summers County senior guard Candace Brown for the award. Huntington St. Joe’s Mychal Johnson was third in the voting, while Wheeling Park’s Emily Puskarich was fourth and Bridgeport’s Miki Glenn fifth. The voting was conducted by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
White had a fantastic 2011-12 season as she averaged 20.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 4.0 steals and 1.4 blocks per game this year for the No. 2-ranked Lady Hawks (22-2), which have advanced to the Class AA state tournament for the third straight roundball campaign.
Scott was the 2A state runner-up in its previous two trips to Charleston.
White surpassed the 2,000-point career plateau this season. She helped lead Scott to a 72-55 victory in January over five-time defending Class AA state champion Summers County, snapping the Bobcats’ nation-leading 105-game winning streak. Summers County, which was beaten in the regional tourney, failed to make it to the state tournament.
Scott split with Summers County this season, also falling 58-54 late in the season on the road. The Lady Hawks’ only other defeat was a 54-50 setback to Chapmanville Regional on their home floor. Scott then came back to beat Chapmanville 58-39 at CRHS to claim the Cardinal Conference regular season championship.
Chapmanville was eventually ousted in the sectional tourney semifinals by Tolsia at Mingo Central High School.
Scott won 57-40 over Mingo Central in the first round of the sectional tourney, then won 50-40 over Tolsia in the finals. The Lady Hawks then advanced to state with an easy 70-36 victory over Herbert Hoover in the regionals.
Under White’s leadership over the last four seasons, the Lady Hawks have compiled an 82-21 record — a winning percentage of .796.