It was "the year of the underclassmen" in county girls basketball.
Three girls on the 1991-1992 Anne Arundel County Sun All-County Girls Basketball Team are underclassmen. Three more non-seniors can be found on the second team, including a freshman, and two on the third team.
With eight of the 18 players named not quite ready for graduation, it's safe to say that this county could be a haven for college prospects the next couple of years.
Junior Stacy Himes of two-time state 4A champion Old Mill joins Anne Arundel County Sun Player of the Year Randall Goldsborough of St. Mary's as the only repeaters from last year's first team. Goldsborough is one of only three seniors on thefirst team, the others being Debbi Dadds of Northeast and Renita Johnson of North County.
Dadds and Johnson moved up to the elite six from the second team along with Archbishop Spalding junior Amy Langville. Southern sophomore Laekeka Wesley vaulted from third team as a ninth-grader to first team this season.
Himes is no question the jewel in the Old Mill crown. The 5-foot-10 junior can do it all, and her individual stats would be considerably higher than 10 points a gameif given the opportunity.
Old Mill has gone 49-3 overall with back-to-back state 4A championships with the versatile Himes in the starting lineup. She can score, set up teammates (120 assists), rebound (185 boards), play defense (85 steals) and offers the intangibles of leadership and intensity.
Himes' individual numbers would be much higher were it not for the depth of the Old Mill powerhouse. The Pats play everybody, and by winning so many games by a rout, Himes does not play the full 32 minutes and pad her stats.
Himes, a Division I prospect, might be showcased more her senior year, as the Pats try to"three-peat."
Goldsborough led the Saints (23-4) to their first Baltimore Catholic League regular-season and tournament titles and hasbeen named the Player of the Year. An All-County first-team player in soccer, Goldsborough, who also plays lacrosse, averaged 15 points agame this hoops season for Coach Harry Dobson.
As a junior, Goldsborough averaged 12.6 points a game, but the four-year starter stepped it up and led the Saints from Catholic League runner-up to champion.
North County's Johnson was consistently spectacular for the disappointing Knights (13-10), averaging more than 16 points and boards. Several Division I schools should be interested in the 5-10 senior.
Dadds led the county in scoring with an average of 17.4 points and in rebounds with nearly 19. When she went down with a knee injury a couple of weeks before the playoffs, Coach Calvin Vain's Eagles suffered dramatically and lost four of the last five to finish 12-11.
Langville, a 5-8 guard similar in ability to Himes, paced the Cavaliersof Coach Paul Leimkuhler to an overall 8-17. Averaging 10.2 points as a junior, Langville jumped to 12.8 per outing this season.
Langville also dished out 150 assists and had 96 steals for the Cavs of the Baltimore Catholic League. She and Goldsborough were named to the All-Catholic League Team.
As a freshman, Wesley averaged 10.7 points and was named to the third team. After leading the Dawgs into the Class 2A Region III playoffs and an overall 14-10 record, Wesley zoomed to first-team status.
Still another in a long line of great centers to develop in Harwood under veteran coach Linda Kilpatrick, Wesley averaged 13.9 points and just over 10 boards. At 5-11, she can be intimidating despite her youth and should be quite a force her final two seasons.
The All-County second team boasts a freshman, sophomore and junior with a trio of seniors. High-scoring Jen Johansen of Northeast is the lone ninth-grader on any of our postseason teams for girls or boys.
Johansen, a 5-6 guard who was the county's fourth-leading scorer at 14.1 points a game, tallied 325 points this season. That total closely parallels what Patty Dages, the county's all-time leading scorer did her freshman year at Brooklyn Park.
Dages had 358points in the ninth grade and went on to score a county record 2,262in her career. It must be mentioned, though, that Dages' freshman total came in only 18 games (19.9 average) as opposed to Johansen's 23 games.
St. Mary's stellar point guard Bridget Smith is the lone sophomore on the second team, after averaging 7.5 points and running the Saints' offense with precision.
Old Mill's junior Christine Baer, an unsung hero on the state championship squad, is All-County second team a second straight year. Here again, individual stats were keptat a minimum as a result of the Patriots' depth.
Lisa Roberts, who averaged 11.9 points and 11.5 boards and led Annapolis (14-10) to asurprising third seed behind Old Mill and Broadneck in the 4A RegionIV playoffs, is one of three seniors on second team.