Players To Watch

December 06, 1993|By Rick Belz

* Nicole Blankenship, Atholton, 5-7, Sr., F -- Atholton's lone senior will be counted on for leadership and scoring after averaging 7.0 ppg last season for the 7-15 Raiders.

* Kim Brown, Glenelg, 5-8, Jr., G -- A late-bloomer according to coach Randy Wallenhorst, Brown came on last year to average (( six points per game as a point guard. The Gladiators' best ball-handler, she dished out 2.2 assists per game and had two steals per game. A good defensive player, Brown can hit the three-pointer.

* Adelle Chenier, Wilde Lake, 5-9, Jr., F -- Extremely athletic and versatile player, Chenier will assume more of a scoring load with

the graduation of leading scorer Tracy Stefan.

* Tameka Harrison, Hammond, 5-9, Soph., F -- Tremendous improvement last season helped Harrison become the county's top front-line player. She averaged 10.8 points and five rebounds, and often carried the scoring load. An All-Howard County first-team pick, Harrison came into her own during the county season when she scored in double figures seven straight games.

* Mona Jackson, Howard, 5-8, Jr., F -- The Lions' top returning rebounder and scorer, she averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds per game for last season's 18-7 Class 3A playoff team. Jackson possesses outstanding quickness and leaping ability.

* Sonia Keiner, Hammond, 5-9, Sr., G -- A four-year starter, Keiner averaged 10.4 points and seven rebounds per game last season. Keiner will move to guard after spending time at both forward and guard the past few years. A good scorer and rebounder, she is also a strong ball handler.

* Kristen Lloyd, Mount Hebron, 5-11, Sr., F -- A rapidly improving player, Lloyd used her physical presence to average 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds last season. Lloyd also does a lot of things off the ball to help her teammates. On the boards, her ability to box out can help teammates come up with rebounds while she also can set excellent screens.

* Lauren McHargue, Oakland Mills, 6-2, Jr., C -- A starter since her freshman season, McHargue should be one of the top inside players in the county again this year. Her strength on the boards helped her average 10 points and 14 rebounds per game last season. McHargue also plays strong defense.

* Anika Middleton, Wilde Lake, 5-9, Jr., F -- Teamed with Chenier, Middleton's rebounding strength (7.4 rpg) gives Wildecats coach Kelly Rosati perhaps the county's best frontcourt duo and makes a return to the state 1A playoffs a near certainty.

* Emily Moore, Howard, Sr., G -- Coach Craig O'Connell labels Moore (12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) the Lions' scrappy heart-and-guts player as well as one of the hardest working athletes he has ever coached. Moore shifts from forward to the Lions' backcourt to compensate for Howard's loss of its top three guards from a year ago.

* Alisha Mosley, Mount Hebron, 5-6, Jr., G -- A good athlete with strong ball-handling skills, Mosley has the potential to be a terrific point guard, said coach Dave Greenberg. She saw a lot of action last season, averaging 3.5 points and three assists per game. With great instincts, Mosley sees the court well and can shoot from outside.

* Kacy Williams, Hammond, 5-6, Sr., G -- The complete point-guard package, Williams can do it all. The floor leader led the Golden Bears with 12.1 points, 5.0 assists and 4.7 steals per game while adding 6.0 rebounds. Williams, who already has signed with Georgetown, needs 61 points to go over 1,000 for her career. A coach on the floor, the All-Metro first-teamer has been the key to Hammond's success since she stepped onto the court two years ago.

* Emily Yanero, Mount Hebron, 5-8, Sr., G -- The sixth-leading scorer in Mount Hebron history with 833 points, Yanero was a second-team All-Metro pick and a first-team All-Howard County pick last season. Yanero's forte is scoring and she averaged 12.2 points for the defending county champs. She also added 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 2.9 assists.

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