All-howard County Girls Basketball Team

March 15, 1994|By Katherine Dunn

THE TEAMS

Player of the Year: Kacy Williams, Hammond.

Coach of the Year: Randy Wallenhorst, Glenelg. FIRST TEAM Name.. .. .. .. .. ..School.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Year

Rachel Cimmier.. ....Mount Hebron .. .. .. .. .. Senior

Sonia Keiner .. .. ..Hammond .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Senior

Tiki Nicholson .. .. Hammond .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Junior

Kacy Williams .. .. Hammond .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Senior

Emily Yanero .. .. ..Mount Hebron .. .. .. .. .. Senior

SECOND TEAM Name.. .. .. .. .. .. School.. .. .. .. .. .. Year

Kim Brown.. .. .. .. Glenelg .. .. .. .. .. Junior

Tameka Harrison .. ...Hammond .. .. .. .. .. Junior

Trish Kilroy .. .. .. Glenelg .. .. .. .. .. Senior

Kristen Riismandel.. . Wilde Lake.. .. .. .. Junior

Emily Moore .. .. ... Howard .. .. .. .. .. ..Senior

Melissa Singleton.. ..Oakland Mills.. .. .. ..Senior

Kellye Townsend .. .. Hammond .. .. .. .. .. .Sophomore

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kacy Williams, Hammond, 5-6, Sr., G -- The best player in Golden Bears history, Williams finished her career as the school's all-time leader in scoring and assists. Always known as a great defensive player with superb ball-handling ability, this point guard contributed 11 points and nearly eight assists per game. She sparked a furious transition that often ran opponents right out of the game. A master at spotting the open player, Williams set a school single-game assist record with 18. Just as important as her statistics, however, was Williams' ability to hold her team together and keep her teammates focused through one of the toughest schedules in the area. "When she plays, she's a shooter, a rebounder, a ballhandler and a cheerleader," said coach Joe Russo. "She does it all. She's the perfect team player." Williams, who never missed a game in four years, capped off her career by leading the Bears to their best record ever (24-1), their second state Class 2A title, their first Howard County championship and their first No. 1 ranking after an upset win over Western. A 4.0 student, she signed early with Georgetown. Williams will play in the Maryland Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game on March 26 at 7 p.m. at Cole Field House, and her teammates will include the other three all-county first-team seniors.

COACH OF THE YEAR Randy Wallenhorst, Glenelg -- In only his second season with the program, Wallenhorst guided the Gladiators to the turnaround of the year in Howard County. Early on, the Rochester, N.Y., native said -- with fingers crossed -- that he hoped to win 16 games. The Gladiators did one better finishing 17-7, up from 9-13 the previous year. During the regular season, on which this selection is based, the Gladiators finished 9-5 in the county, third behind No. 1 Hammond and No. 10 Mount Hebron. The No. 16 Gladiators might have ended up in the Class 2A state tournament had they not had to face eventual state champ Hammond in the regional final. Wallenhorst, 26, credits the commitment of his players and stability in coaching with sparking the turnaround, but he also thanked JV coach Don Beall for contributing a killer press that baffled many opponents. The Gladiators had no star players, but unlike last year, every girl settled into her role. "The kids really got along this year, and there was a trust between the kids and me. That started last year, but it really developed this year," said Wallenhorst.

FIRST TEAM Rachel Cimmier, Mount Hebron, 6-2, Sr., C/F -- An exchange student from France getting her first taste of American basketball, Cimmier emerged as the top inside threat in the county. She averaged 12 points a game and shot 54 percent from the field. In addition, she led the Vikings with 11.2 rebounds a game. A strong defender, she improved tremendously in all aspects of the game. Several major Division I schools have shown interest in Cimmier, who carries a 3.8 grade-point average. "I think we just touched the surface of what she can do," said Vikings coach Dave Greenberg. "She's going to get better every year, because she has all the tools."

Sonia Keiner, Hammond, 5-9, Sr., F/G -- The best pure shooter on the Bears, Keiner averaged 11.7 points for the Class 2A champs. Only the third Hammond player to score more than 1,000 career points, she stands second on the school's all-time scoring list behind Williams. The Bears' top long-range threat, Keiner shot 52 percent from three-point distance and averaged 46 percent from the field. She also led her team in free-throw shooting, hitting 80 percent. But Keiner was more than just a shooter -- she grabbed nearly seven rebounds a game and averaged four steals and three assists. "She's a complete player," said coach Joe Russo. "She shoots, rebounds, plays defense. She does everything you ask." Although she has not signed yet, Keiner has drawn interest from several Division I programs.

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