For the second consecutive season, North Babylon's Bria Hartley was named the Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence and high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court. Hartley is also a finalist for the Gatorade National Player of the Year.

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Hartley led North Babylon to the Suffolk Class AA county championship game. She scored a Long Island playoff record 51 points in a 72-69 loss to Sachem East. The UConn-bound Hartley finished her career with 1,978 points. Hartley averaged 28.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 5.7 steals per game and the Bulldogs went 102-15 in her five years. Hartley will play in the McDonald’s High School All-American Game and the Nike WBCA All-America Game.

Hartley has maintained an A average and has volunteered on behalf of a local fundraising campaign for cancer research and as a math tutor in her school.