1996 All-Metro girls basketball teams

March 16, 1996

Coach of the year

Harry Dobson, St. Mary's: The Saints graduated their top scorer and rebounder (Annetta Davis) and best outside shooter (Kristin Miller) from last season, but with the arrival of three highly touted freshmen, the Saints were still expected to be a contender in the Catholic League. They were all that and more. Dobson gave all three freshmen Emily Lipton, Maria Smear and Terri Daniels major roles and the chemistry between the veterans and newcomers proved to be a winning formula. Just how good was St. Mary's? For starters, the third-ranked Saints who went 18-10 and finished third in the Catholic League last season won the league's regular-season title by defeating favored and defending champion Seton Keough twice. St. Mary's went 14-0 in the Catholic League, possibly the area's toughest division from top to bottom. Moreover, the Saints dominated their nonleague opponents to finish with a 28-4 record, equaling the record for victories. The Saints went 12-0 against ranked teams before losing to Seton Keough in the Catholic League Tournament championship game. St. Mary's won its first 24 games including a treacherous 13-game schedule in December when the freshmen were still getting acclimated to the high school game before falling to highly regarded Archbishop Carroll of Philadelphia. Dobson, who has a 118-27 (.814) career record, wasn't concerned with rankings, only with providing challenges for his team. "You know me, I'll play anybody. We feel we have a very good team in this area and we want to see how we compare with teams from other areas," Dobson said. Credit Dobson with keeping his young players focused and for his ability to teach full-court pressure defense, which was one the keys to the Saints' success.

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