Now that the season is actually over, it’s time to hand out some virtual hardware: the Girls All-State Team!
The way this works is simple: coaches were asked to submit the stats of deserving players. From we calculate an Efficiency Rating (EFF) for each player, using this very easy to calculate formula:
(PTS + REB + AST + STL + BLK − Missed FG − Missed FT – TO) / GP
The EFF is then adjusted based on the Strength of Schedule of the team for an adjusted EFF (aEFF). So if you put up an EFF of 20 and you play the hardest schedule in the state, you’ll have an aEFF of 20. If your schedule is in the 50th percentile, you’ll have an aEFF of 10. Simple as that.
There’s a lot of benefits to this approach. First, your stats are your stats and yours alone. You earned them, for better or worse. Second, there’s no narratives involved. This isn’t an award largely determined in December or dictated by who ends up on TV a lot or who had a memorable tourney game that’s lodged in everyone’s memory. It’s just cold, hard numbers. Third, it’s completely transparent. There’s no committee making this decision behind closed doors, answering to no one.
If you’re curious, last year’s team is here.
A note on this year’s teams. We all know it was a difficult year. A lot of schools decided not to purchase Hudl or whatever service they normally use for stats. Others were limited in how many people could be in the gym, making stat-keeping personnel low-priority. So there were a lot fewer submissions this season. It happens. We’ll go 1 team deep for the girls this year, based on how many submissions we got.
So without further adieu…
Emily Archibald – Kennebunk
24.5 PPG / 20.8 RPG / 3.2 APG / 3.1 SPG / 3.6 BPG
The reigning Player of the Year, Archibald had a simply monster season. She won Miss Basketball in a race that was never close, reached 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, broke 9 different school records, and was, by all accounts, unstoppable for Kennebunk.
She’ll take her talents to Providence next season.
Emily Archibald (Kennebunk) 43.1 EFF | 27.3 aEFF
Jaycie Christopher (Skowhegan) 35.5 EFF | 22.6 aEFF
Lizzy Gruber (Gardiner) 29.1 EFF | 22.5 aEFF
Abby Waterman (Oceanside) 23.8 EFF | 15.0 aEFF
Grace Ramsdell (Wells) 29.5 EFF | 13.1 aEFF