George went out on top Coach of the Year

March 19, 1993|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Loch Raven coach Diane George is the first to acknowledge that her team was not blessed with great basketball players.

She did have great athletes, however. George, The Baltimore Sun's 1992-93 Baltimore County Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, took players who excelled in other sports and led them to a 20-2 record and the Baltimore County 2A-1A Division title.

Without the luxury of a go-to player, George preached teamwork and unselfish play.

The result was a balanced scoring attack that Raiders opponents found difficult to stop.

George got the most out of her players. It was not unusual to see Loch Raven's sixth or seventh players come into the game and make an important steal or grab a key rebound.

"We didn't have any players averaging 20 points," said George, whose leading scorer was senior point guard Michele DeJuliis (13.4). "If someone had a bad day, someone else was there to pick it up."

George meshed her three senior starters -- DeJuliis, Shelley Klaes and Robyn Disney -- with a group of untested underclassmen.

"We had some young people, [sophomores] Kelley Powell and Robyn Harry stepping into starting roles," George said. "It was just a matter of our older kids developing confidence."

Loch Raven completed the regular season with a 20-0 record. Its streak ended when Randallstown rallied for a 49-44 victory in the Baltimore County championship game. Loch Raven -- which defeated Towson twice during the season -- then lost to the Generals in the Region II semifinals.

After the loss to Towson, George announced that she was retiring as basketball coach. She compiled a 126-45 (.637) record in eight seasons at Loch Raven.

"I'd have to say this was one of my most satisfying seasons," she said.

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