Fearless. Determined. Aggressive. That's Oakland Mills' 6-foot-5 senior center Mark Terry on a basketball court.
"He's your basic blood-and-guts player who plays hard and expects everyone else to play hard," Scorpions coach Dave Appleby said.
Terry also is the Howard County Sun's Player of the Year.
No other player was as dominant or as feared as Terry. No other player contributed so much in so many ways on the court.
"He really doesn'thave to do anything to make us a better team," Appleby said. "His presence creates opportunities and makes other players better, because he demands double coverage."
That double coverage on Terry opens up the floor for teammates to maneuver for easy baskets.
From his post position, Terry enjoys making power moves to the basket. He has solid footwork, is an excellent passer and can hit the short jumper.
"He's a smart player who takes time working on his game, knows how to maneuver in traffic and is the hub of our team," Appleby said.
Terry, who was a first-team All-County selection last year when he averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds, this year averaged 16.2 points and 7.0 rebounds.
Perhaps the highlight of his season came in the league opener against arch-rival Hammond when he hit a buzzer-beating shot from half-court. The basket tied the game and sent it into overtime, where the Scorpions won.
"That was the turnaround shot of the season for both them and us," Hammond coach Jack Burke said. "We had a guy right on him, and he still made it."
The Scorpions had compiled a disappointing 4-4 non-league record, but that victory launched them on an 11-game league winning streak that sewed up their fifth straight county title.
"Terry always comes to play in the big games," Burke said. "He can be the most dominating player in Howard County."