County's brightest stars shine on Milton has inside track on top stats Player of the Year

March 14, 1993|By Katherine Dunn

When it comes to statistics, nobody in Harford County girls basketball could match C. Milton Wright center Stacey Milton.

The Baltimore Sun's Harford County Girls Basketball Player of the Year led the county in scoring (16.6), shooting percentage (46), rebounding (13.7) and blocked shots (3.7).

But Milton's game was more than just dominating the inside.

A fine all-around player, she also Player of the Year

excelled defensively, rarely turning over the ball. In a remarkable performance for an inside player, the 6-foot center was second in the county in steals, averaging 4.5.

But Milton didn't forget her teammates -- she also averaged 1.5 assists.

"Stacey never put herself above the good of the team," said Mustangs coach Gloria Liedlich. "She knew that if she was double-teamed, that meant there was somebody else who was free, and she dished off.

"I look to some of the games where teams did hold her to 11 or 12 points. And what did she do? She made up for it in other categories. If she didn't have the points, she had two or three more steals or two or three more rebounds or two or three more assists."

Milton had only one single-digit scoring game -- in a 44-20 romp over Havre de Grace when she spent almost three quarters on the bench.

The only player to finish four years on the Mustangs varsity, Milton became the first C. M. Wright girl to score 1,000 career points. She holds career school records for scoring (1,101) and rebounding (946) and is second in steals and seventh in assists.

She is being recruited by several colleges, including a few in Division I, and Milton will have a chance to impress some others at the second annual Maryland Senior All-Star Game Sunday at 4 p.m. at Cole Field House in College Park. She was the only player from Harford County selected for the game.

The first team at a glance

Melissa Anderson, North Harford, jr., guard -- One of the most aggressive players in the county, Anderson, 5 feet 9, led the Hawks in scoring with 13 points per game. The fifth-leading scorer in the Harford County League, she also averaged 4.8 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 2.5 assists. With her outside shooting and ability to drive to the basket, Anderson provided the spark that helped the Hawks to a 13-9 season and to the Class 2A regional semifinal.

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Amanda McCulloch, C. Milton Wright, sr., forward/guard -- An excellent baseline jump shot helped McCulloch average 10.1 ppg for the 16-5 Mustangs. A three-point threat who could play inside, McCulloch hit four three-pointers in a 47-44 loss to

Randallstown in a Class 3A regional semifinal.

Also first-team All-County in soccer, the 5-8 McCulloch contributed 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.6 assists per game.

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Lisa Thomas, Bel Air, sr., guard -- A multi-talented player, Thomas put up some of the county's best numbers despite playing for a 3-17 team. A three-year starter, she scored 14.7 points per game, second only to Milton in the county league. She also averaged 7.2 steals for a total of 129, 43 more than anyone else in the county. A good outside shooter who could penetrate, Thomas also averaged 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists as well as 1.2 blocks.

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Pam Toth, Fallston, sr., forward -- An improved, more confident player this season, Toth helped the Harford County champions to the Class 1A final four for the second year. She led the Cougars in scoring (10.6) and rebounding (7.5). A smart defensive player, the 5-8 Toth battled successfully on the boards against much taller opponents. Toth, also a first-team all-county pick in soccer, averaged 2.5 steals.

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Nichole Wilson, Edgewood, jr., forward -- Wilson, 5-10, turned into the Rams' most dominating inside player. Averaging 9.4 points and 10.4 rebounds, Wilson was a major reason the Rams (15-9) contended for a share of the county title until the final week of the regular season. Although the Rams ended up third, Wilson had one of her best games with 12 points and 15 rebounds as the Rams upset C. Milton Wright, 41-40, in early February.

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