1994-95 All-carroll County Girls Basketball Teams

March 15, 1995|By Bill Free


* Amber Clutter, South Carroll, Sr., G -- Calm, cool, collected and talented. That best describes Clutter on the basketball floor. She brought so many things to this strong South Carroll team that it would take a term paper to describe them. The most obvious Clutter attributes were her many clutch three-point shots that not only picked up her team on the scoreboard but seemed to lift her teammates to greater heights. If all else failed, the Cavaliers could turn to Clutter to launch one of her missiles. The point guard had an uncanny method of shooting the threes from her hip but it was effective. In a 56-40 victory over Paint Branch in the 3A West semifinals, Clutter hit two three-pointers in the first quarter to soften up the defense a little for Nicole Spencer to dominate inside. Clutter finished with 14 points, five assists and four steals in that game. When Spencer got hurt in the 3A West championship game (60-41 loss) against eventual state champion Walt Whitman, it was Clutter who kept South Carroll in the game until the third quarter with three three-pointers. She finished the season with an average of 8.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals.

* Melissa Gettemy, South Carroll, Sr., F -- This never-say-die athlete played hurt a lot this season but never sacrificed her aggressive style of play that included going on the floor for the ball and diving out of bounds to make saves. Defense and hustle were her trademarks, and she was brilliant on defense against Linganore's Cara Consuegra Jan. 27 at South Carroll in a 69-52 victory. Gettemy held the sophomore to eight points in a win that virtually clinched the Central Maryland Conference title for South Carroll (12-0 and 22-2 overall). Few players have stopped the lightning-quick Consuegra in her two seasons. But Gettemy loves to play defense and took it as a personal challenge to stop Consuegra. Gettemy was the epitome of unselfishness for this closely-knit team, often saying she didn't care how many points she had as long as the team won. She finished with an average of 7.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals to make first-team All-County for the second straight season.

* Jill Ibex, Westminster, Soph., C -- One of the most fundamentally sound players anywhere, Ibex rarely made mistakes and was known for her ability to make key baskets for the Owls. When Westminster needed a basket most with 31 seconds left and the score tied at 52 in the 4A West semifinals against Sherwood, it was Ibex who took a 12-foot jumper. She missed that one but it was Ibex who had tied the game at 52 on a short jumper with 1:08 remaining and she finished with 18 points to lead Westminster in a disappointing, season-ending loss to the Warriors. The only thing that held Ibex back at times this season was foul trouble, but it was obvious this 6-foot youngster has an exceptional future ahead of her. She started with four seniors for the Owls, and was willing to help set up her more celebrated teammate Beth Lister for shots this season. However, Ibex still managed to finish with 10.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.1 steals a game. It was quite a year for the girl who could do a little bit of everything for the 19-5 Westminster team.

* Beth Lister, Westminster, Sr., F -- There were times this season when Lister could score points in bunches and take over games. She loved to run the floor for layups, prompting the opposition to wonder what a 6-footer was doing beating them down court. Lister played the game with emotion, and staged an exciting duel with South Carroll's Nicole Spencer for Player of the Year honors in the county until Spencer took over down the stretch. Spencer was dominant in South Carroll's two wins over Westminster. Still, Lister wound up leading the county in scoring with 19.2 points a game. She also averaged 9.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 1.4 assists and close to one block a game. The only way that opponents stopped Lister was with double teams and getting her into foul trouble. In the 53-52 loss to Sherwood in the 4A West semifinals, Lister was in foul trouble the whole game and was limited to six points. It was a tough way for Lister to end her high school career, but there is little question that this volleyball and basketball player will be playing one of those sports or both for some collegiate team.

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