1996 All-Howard County girls basketball

March 14, 1996

Player of the year

Alisha Mosley, Mount Hebron: Mosley earns this award for the second consecutive year. Determined to be the best, and to give her team every opportunity to win, Mosley challenged opponents' defenses like no other player. The 5-foot-6 senior guard could drive hard to the basket, shoot the jumper or create a play that wasn't there a second ago.

Said Centennial's Gina Dinisio after guarding Mosley earlier this season: "People in college should be guarding her, not us."

Mosley, who will play point guard at Wake Forest next season, was a statistician's delight. This year she led the 14th-ranked Vikings (12-9) with averages of 28.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 7.9 steals. She scored 30 or more points 10 times she twice scored 35 against Glenelg and had five double-double games (10 or more points and 10 or more steals or rebounds) and two triple-doubles.

She holds 11 school records, and is Mount Hebron's all-time leader in steals (512). She is second all-time in assists (341), third all-time in points (1,308) and fourth all-time in rebounds (478).

Often, Mosley saved her best for last. She had 10 points in overtime to help beat Atholton, and 16 fourth-quarter points to beat Glenelg. She also had 17 fourth-quarter points in a loss to Howard and 23 fourth-quarter points, including her fifth three-pointer to tie the game with 13 seconds left, in a loss to Glenelg.

"She's really just a consistent performer," said Mount Hebron coach Pat Becker. "And not only scoring, but rebounding and steals. She did everything, and she made very few mistakes." With teams double- and even triple-teaming her, Mosley had to work extremely hard to get open. But once she got the ball, there always was that excitement that something special could happen. And many times, it did.

Coach of the year

Dave Greenberg, Centennial: Why was Centennial a threat to county teams this year? Was it an awesome lineup of talented players? Hardly. On paper, the Eagles were not imposing. On the floor, however, watch out. The reason: Greenberg.

Two years ago, Centennial was 2-20. Then Greenberg came to Centennial from Mount Hebron, where he was 323-68 with six state titles. The Eagles were 11-11 last year with the help of first-team all-county player Kish Jordan. This season, without Jordan, without any proven scorer or exceptional player, Centennial finished 17-7 overall, tied for second in the county at 9-5, and finished 15th in the final Baltimore Sun poll.

"He's definitely turned our program around," said junior Meredith Price, the only player to average in double figures (11.4 ppg). "He expects a lot of us and I think that's one of the things that helps. His expectations became ours, and I think that's why we've done so well."

Centennial's success begins at practice, where Greenberg can be a taskmaster.

"They're very organized, very intense," Greenberg said. "We teach during our practices. They're learning situations where fundamentals are stressed."

He and 15-year assistant Brad Rees stress defense and playing within one's capabilities.

"It's really a credit to the kids that we've come this far and can compete with the best teams in the area in two years," said Greenberg, who has encouraged his players to participate in off-season leagues and summer camps. "It's been one of the most satisfying seasons as coaches to see the kids come so far in such a short amount of time. The progress they've made is exceptional."

The first team

Chanelle Carter, Howard: "Even I'm surprised by the number of points she's capable of scoring," said Howard coach Craig O'Connell. "Every game, it's in the high teens or low 20s. Her consistency is her best attribute. She's played well against everyone."

The 5-foot-10 junior center led the 16th-ranked Lions (13-13) in scoring (19.4 ppg) and was a key reason they advanced to the Class 3A state semifinals.

"She always played hard," O'Connell said. "She was very, very dependable."

Carter is not exceptionally quick, but knows how to take advantage of her size near the basket. She also is a very accurate shooter from the baseline. She averaged 7.6 rebounds this season.

Rene Hines, Hammond: The 6-foot-1 junior forward averaged a team-high 18.1 points for the fourth-ranked Golden Bears, who lost to Linganore by seven points in the state 2A final.

"Rene is the second best all-around player in the county behind Alisha [Mosley]," said Hammond coach Joe Russo. "She was our go-to person in the clutch."

Hines won three games for Hammond (20-8) with last-second shots. Smooth and agile with the ability to score inside or out, Hines led the team with 32 three-point baskets, 70 steals and 80 blocked shots. She was second on the team in assists (58) and rebounds (10.7 average). She became the first Hammond junior to go over 1,000 points (1,056), and next season should top Tiki Nicholson's school record of 1,230 points.

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