Tiki Nicholson, Hammond, 5-7, Jr., G -- The offensive leader for the Bears, Nicholson averaged 16.1 points a game and averaged 53 percent from the field going into the state semifinals. Whenever the Bears hit a cold spell, Nicholson was usually the one to snap them out of it. "Offensively, she's been phenomenal," said coach Joe Russo. "She averaged about 20 points over the last 12 games. She was definitely our offensive spark." Although she got her share of layups off transition, Nicholson also had a dead-eye mid-range jump shot. But she did more than score. Tremendous quickness and speed made Nicholson a terror on defense where she and Williams made a practically unbeatable backcourt tandem.
Emily Yanero, Mount Hebron, 5-8, Sr., G -- The Vikings' leading scorer, Yanero averaged 15.3 points per game, shooting 52 percent from the field. A long-distance threat who hit 30 three-pointers, Yanero could also drive inside. Scoring has always been Yanero's greatest contribution and she went over 1,000 points to finish her career third on the Vikings' all-time scoring list. But this season, Yanero also boosted her defensive skills as well as averaging four rebounds and three assists per game. "She really had to carry us from the perimeter at times," said coach Dave Greenberg. "She was the one kid who was consistent for us from outside." A 4.0 student, she will play next fall at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
PICKING THE TEAM
The All-Howard County girls basketball team was selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with county coaches.