1996-97 All-Harford County girls basketball

March 19, 1997|By John W. Stewart

Coach of the Year

Nancy Ferguson, Fallston: Although a multiple recipient of this honor during her 11 years as head coach of the Cougars, it is unlikely she ever did a better job, given the demands placed upon her this season. Reaching the state semifinals -- where the Cougars lost to eventual unbeaten Linganore -- was practically a feat of magic. There was one returning starter and only a couple of others with any appreciable playing time. Along the way, two of her three tallest starters went down with season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injuries, and late in the year, sometimes backed by as few as two or three reserves, she had three players on the floor the tallest of whom was no more than 5-foot-3. The Cougars won their first 12, and after losing to John Carroll and Mercy, won five in a row, including a three-game sweep of its regional to reach the state tournament for the fifth time in six years. The 21-3 log gives the coach a career record of 192-59.

Player of the Year

Karen Tiedemann, Fallston, 5-10, Sr., F: The only returning starter, she was a consistent scorer (22 points a game) and rebounder (nine), leading the Cougars in both departments. Also, she helped bring along younger players as injuries took their toll. Capped her regional work (22-point average) with 28 points, 13 rebounds in the title game against Woodlawn. In the Linganore loss, she had 16 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, and was the only member of her team to score in double figures. For the year, she was the Cougars' top scorer in all but one of the 23 games she played.

Player of the Year

Britney Whitehurst, John Carroll, 6-0, Sr., F: The only senior starter for the Patriots, she complemented a stellar cast that had the team among the top half-dozen (four in the Catholic League) in the area all year. She averaged more than 10 rebounds a game, did a lot of good things without the ball, and was a tough defender. The team finished 18-7 (all losses were to the top three Catholic League teams) and reached the semifinals of the league tournament.

The first team

Jenny Biscoe, John Carroll, 5-4, Fr., G: Coach Kathleen Shannon had the one-two front-liners of Britney Whitehurst and Jen Westervelt returning, so she replaced last year's graduated guards with talented freshmen Biscoe and Sarah Oktavec. Biscoe, a small but quick point guard, fit in right away as the traffic director, and scored enough to take the pressure off the inside players.

Lashona Cooper, Aberdeen, 5-4, Soph., G: The leading scorer in the metro area at 25.2 often found herself having to play a variety of roles helping the Eagles finish 10-10, their best record in

recent years. She also averaged 3.2 assists.

Kellie Flynn, Bel Air, 6-0, Jr., F: The leader of what was basically a balanced group of underclassmen who lost only to Fallston (twice) in going 20-2 in the regular season. The others included classmates Colleen Keefe, Heidi Buchanan and Becca Jones. Flynn's marks included 13.1 scoring, 45 percent field-goal percentage and 14.1 rebounds.

Jen Westervelt, John Carroll, 5-11, Jr., C: A team leader and solid inside player, she finished with averages of 17.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in a Catholic League season where three teams -- St. Mary's, Mercy, and Seton Keough -- took turns being 1-2-3 in the metro area.

The second team: Betsy Blom, C.M. Wright, 6-2, Sr., F; Jenn Cook, Fallston, 5-6, Sr., G; Suzanne Eyler, North Harford, 5-2, Jr., G; Colleen Keefe, Bel Air, 5-10, Jr., G; Nicole Nimmo, C.M. Wright, 6-4, Sr., C; Sarah Oktavec, John Carroll, 5-8, Fr., G; Monique Washington, Joppatowne, 5-9, Soph., F.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1997 All-Harford County boys and girls basketball and wrestling teams were selected by John W. Stewart after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 3/19/97

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