Melissa Cuneo, Set. Keough, Sr., G-F On a team that lost its starting frontcourt from last season to graduation, Cuneo emerged as the Gators' most complete player. A guard-forward, Cuneo averaged 14.2 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Catholic League champions. She also led the Gators with 35 blocked shots. "If someone stopped her from scoring, she picked up her game and contributed more in other areas," coach Trish Cook said. Cuneo is being recruited by Towson State and Mount St. Mary's.
Mia Dammen, Oakland Mills, Sr., G Stealing the ball and taking it in for a layup was Dammen's forte. She led the Scorpions in scoring (17.4), steals (11.0) and assists (6.1), as Oakland Mills made it to the Class 3A state championship game. Coach Teresa Waters estimated that Dammen, a second-team pick last season, scored 80 percent of her points off steals. Dammen, who is also a two-time All-Metro soccer player, carries a 3.89 grade-point average and said she
hopes to play both sports at Brown.
Kelly Evans, Western, So., F Playing on the same team as Dana Johnson and Kisha Ford, Evans sometimes was overshadowed. But when Johnson or Ford had an off game, Evans was there to pick up the slack. Evans, who averaged 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds, was a scoring threat from outside or inside. "She is a very disciplined and smart player, and she is becoming an excellent shooter," coach Breezy Bishop said. "She has all the tools to be a top-notch Division I player."
Kisha Ford, Western, So., F A first-team pick last season, Ford may have the most raw talent any area player. She averaged 18.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.3 steals. Ford has excellent shooting range, and may be the area's best one-on-one player. "The one thing I can attribute to helping her with is that I've made her a better defensive player," coach Breezy Bishop said. "Her offensive moves, no one can teach." Bishop also cited Ford's court vision and passing ability as assets.
Kristi Greer, Howard, Sr., G As she did last season, Greer led the Lions in the major categories, averaging 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists. She also averaged 3.7 steals and blocked 22 shots for Howard, which made it to the Class 3A, Region I final. A first-team pick last season, Greer finished as Howard's all-time leading scorer (1,298 points). "What I'll miss most about her is the leadership she provided for three years," coach Craig O'Connell said. Greer is being recruited by American, Providence, Niagara and St. Peter's.
Stacy Himes, Old Mill, So., G-F Himes was perhaps the area's most versatile player. She could play either guard or forward, and she was a good ballhandler and shooter. Himes was also a strong rebounder and a good defensive player. She averaged 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 4.0 assists and 2.0 blocked shots for the Class 4A state champions. "Her biggest asset is her ability to do just about everything there is to do on a basketball court and do it well," coach Pat Chance said.
Andrea Macey, Broadneck, Sr., C The lone returning starter from two-time defending Class 4A state champion Broadneck, Macey led the team in scoring (13.2) and rebounding (10.1), and she provided leadership for the younger players. Macey shot 57 percent from the field and 71 percent from the foul line. "Her biggest asset is that she likes contact," coach Bruce Springer said. Springer also said Macey is quick, and runs the court well for a 6-footer. Macey is being recruited by Seton Hall, Mount St. Mary's, Niagara, Marist, Hartford, East Tennessee State and North Carolina-Greensboro.
Erica McCauley, Mount Hebron, So., G With McCauley at point guard, coach Dave Greenberg said he was confident that his team would get off a shot on every `D possession. She led the Vikings in assists (4.8) and fewest turnovers (2.2), as well as scoring (15.5) and steals (5.0). McCauley shot 44 percent from three-point range and 46 percent overall, as Mount Hebron won its second consecutive Class 2A state title. Although only 5 feet 1, McCauley also averaged 3.5 rebounds. "She sees the floor tremendously. She does so many things well, and she makes so few mistakes," Greenberg said.
Stephanie Rohe, Mercy, Jr., G Rohe emerged as the Catholic League's top player this season, averaging 22.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 steals. Coach Mary Ella Marion cited Rohe's ability to drive in the lane and pull up for a shot as Rohe's biggest strength. Rohe was named MVP of the Noel Classic, where she scored 84 points in three games, six points shy of the tournament record. She scored a season-high 34 against North County in the tournament. Rohe has scored 1,116 points in three seasons.
Girls Player of the Year
Dana Johnson, Western, Sr., C