1999-2000 All-Howard County basket teams

High School

March 14, 2000

Player of the Year

Greeba Outen-Barlow, River Hill: Finally, Outen-Barlow, a 5-foot-9 junior forward, had the season everyone knew she was capable of having. She led the Hawks (24-1) in scoring (15.8 average) and assists (3.1), was second in rebounding (6.3) and steals (3.7) and third in three-point shots (eight). Because of a number of reasons, Outen-Barlow never played to her potential her first two seasons, even though she was a second-team all-county selection both years. "I thought she was an underachiever last year," said River Hill coach Teresa Waters. "We wanted more from her this season, and we weren't going to accept anything less. We put more demands on her at both ends of the court." Outen-Barlow responded. "This year in practice she was often first at what we did. She pushed herself hard," Waters said. Outen-Barlow, a player who makes everyone around her better, can shoot and drive to the basket. "She's a natural," Waters said. "What comes natural to her, most high school players couldn't conceive of doing." Her ability to create makes her a scoring threat outside and inside, and her passing and vision on the court is above average. Her defense has improved, too, but she needs to stay away from foul trouble. In big games this season against Mount Hebron and DuVal, she hurt her team by picking up three first-half fouls.

Coach of the Year

Teresa Waters, River Hill: In her 19th year of coaching, Waters had a couple of firsts this season -- a county title and Coach of the Year honor. Her Hawks went 18-0 in the county, and finished 24-1, losing to DuVal in the Class 3A East region final. "Everything just came together," said Waters, whose team was 12-11 last season in her first year at River Hill. "We didn't have all the nit-picking that was taking place prior to this year, and everybody understood the importance of team play. The kids that came back spent the off-season improving their skills, and the five freshman we added really knew how to play. We had all the ingredients to make this team successful." Waters had the county's most talented team, and she handled them well on and off the court. "Everyone gets along with her real well," said junior Keiko Miller-Tate. "Off the court she's a real friend. When you need her she's there, and you can go to her and talk about anything." Waters' record is 195-219. She was 159-207 in 17 seasons at Oakland Mills and won the Class 1A state title in 1998.

First team

Rayna DuBose, Oakland Mills: A repeat first-team selection, the 6-foot-2 junior led the Scorpions (15-9) in points (18.2), rebounds (15.3) and blocks (4.2). "She developed as the year went on and had an outstanding season," said Oakland Mills coach Marcus Lewis. "But she hasn't scratched the surface of her potential. The sky's the limit if she keeps working on her game and gets to the weight room." A solidly built player, DuBose, who has 1,067 career points, was a force underneath and scored many baskets on offensive rebounds. She had 21 double doubles and also two 29-point efforts. Named the MVP of the Woodlawn Christmas Tournament (40 points, 31 rebounds in two games), DuBose had 23 points and 20 rebounds in leading Oakland Mills to a 48-44 upset over then-No. 4 Mount Hebron. "Her work ethic really improved this season, and she demanded the ball more as the season went on," Lewis said.

Lauren Kickham, Mount Hebron: A 5-foot-11 senior forward, Kickham did all the little things that make a team successful. She played outstanding defense, and usually guarded the opponent's top player. She also led the Vikings in assists (113), and finished third in scoring (7.8 average), rebounding (4.4), steals (57) and field-goal percentage (42.9). Her leadership was invaluable, a key reason why the Vikings (21-4) had their best season since 1991-92. "She's smart and kept the team together on the floor," said Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson. "She and Annie Collins were tremendous leaders. They kept the team focused." A second-team selection the past two seasons, Kickham took five charges and made 50 percent of her three-point attempts. Her steady, confident approach helped make the Vikings winners.

Keiko Miller-Tate, River Hill: The 6-foot-1 junior forward provided the Hawks toughness on defense and versatility on offense. "She definitely improved this season," said River Hill coach Teresa Waters. "She works very hard in practice, and is dedicated to the sport." Miller-Tate led the team in rebounding (7.4 average) and blocks (21), was second in scoring (13.2) and fourth in steals (62). And while she improved her inside power game this season, what made Miller-Tate dangerous was her ability to create from the outside. She could drive to the basket and take the jumper. She had nine three-pointers, second-best on the team. Her high game was 22 points in the first meeting against Mount Hebron. In that game, Miller-Tate scored 15 straight second-quarter points, including two three-point baskets.

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