1996 All-Baltimore City, Baltimore County basketball

March 14, 1996

Player of the Year

Meghann Donovan, Seton Keough: Once regarded as an exceptional athlete with limited basketball skills, Donovan gradually became an exceptional basketball player, and it was never more evident than this season. "She could always rebound and get put-backs, but this year her perimeter shooting, ball-handling and passing really improved," Seton Keough coach Jim Stromberg said. Donovan, a 5-11 senior forward, led the second-ranked Gators who were ranked No. 1 for most of the season in scoring (16.3), rebounding (8.2), steals (3.9), blocks (1.2) and field-goal percentage (53 percent). She finished with 1,305 career points, 845 of which came in the past two seasons. Beyond the numbers, what impressed Stromberg the most was her competitiveness. "Her desire not to lose is the big thing. No matter what, she will find a way to beat you," Stromberg said. Donovan was especially tough in big games two of her best performances were against nationally-ranked Elizabeth Seton (25 points) and No. 1 Arundel (game-high 12 points and 13 rebounds). Donovan undoubtedly saved her best game for the Catholic League Tournament championship game against rival St. Mary's. After suffering two losses to the Saints during the regular season and with team leader Melanie Morris sidelined with a knee injury, Donovan scored 30 and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Gators to a 70-55 win. Donovan also is an accomplished swimmer who competes simultaneously on Seton Keough's swimming team and a U.S Swimming club squad during basketball season, leaving Stromberg to ponder how good she would be if she devoted her full attention to basketball. Donovan is being recruited by Division I schools for both sports, although she hasn't decided which one she will pursue.

Coach of the Year

Dave Scrivener, Eastern Tech: Just how woeful was the Eastern Tech program when Scrivener took over two years ago? It was so bad that the team hadn't won a game in three seasons, the players were apathetic and Scrivener was provided with just one basketball by the athletic director. But after going 1-18 in his first season and 2-18 the following year, Scrivener led the Mavericks to an astounding 21-3 mark (shattering the school's previous best record of 13-7 in 1987) and a first-place finish in the Baltimore County Sharp Shooters Division. Granted, the Mavericks competed in the county's weakest division, but their turnaround is remarkable by any standards considering Eastern Tech has had just two winning records in the school's 25-year history. Only 18 girls tried out for either the varsity or JV team in Scrivener's first season. Last year, Scrivener sought out players in the school's hallways and in the recreation leagues, seeking only those who were serious about the sport. "Last year, we cut three seniors who had been in the program for three years because the attitude wasn't there," said Scrivener, a former softball and football coach at Loch Raven who had never coached basketball at any level. "That set the tone. No one misses practice." Even though the Mavericks continued to lose last year, the scores were not as lopsided and a 96-game losing streak against county opponents was ended. This season, 60 girls came out for the team, the most significant of which was freshman point guard Elisha Carter (21.8 points, 3.8 assists). Carter's offensive skills and a tenacious man-to-man defense overwhelmed most of Eastern Tech's opponents. The future of the program now appears incredibly bright. "We've even gotten new uniforms and brand new basketballs," Scrivener said.

The first team

Vicki Brick, McDonogh: The area's most highly touted freshman proved that the buzz surrounding her in the preseason wasn't just hype. This highly accomplished AAU star helped the Eagles go from 9-10 last season to a 17-5 record, the AIS A Division championship and a No. 5 ranking in The Sun's final poll. Brick, a 5-6 point guard, averaged 18.5 points, 5.6 steals, 3.0 assists and 5.1 rebounds. "She's mentally mature beyond her years," McDonogh coach Seth Kushkin said. "Her drive and the focus she had carried over to the other girls." Unfortunately for Kushkin, Brick likely will not remain with the Eagles for four years because she wants to pursue a career on the professional tennis circuit.

Shannon Cohen, Mercy: With a better supporting cast this season, Cohen felt less pressure to do everything and she responded with an outstanding year. She led her team in scoring (17.9) and assists (6.0), as the 11th-ranked Magic went 18-10 after posting a 7-20 mark last season. Cohen, a 5-5 junior point guard, was equally efficient at penetrating or hitting from outside. She also improved her defensive skills. "I knew right away in practice that her game had moved to the next level," Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion said. Perhaps Cohen's best performances came at the Noel Classic whe she scored 69 points and dished out 21 assists in three Mercy victories.

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