1999-2000 All-Anne Arundelbasketball teams

High School

March 14, 2000

Girls Player of the Year

Jill Marano, Arundel: Numbers alone effectively state Marano's case: 15.8 points, 5.3 assists, 4.5 steals and the fact the Class 4A state champion Wildcats (25-2) went 22-0 with her in the lineup. Then you watch the gifted junior guard scramble after a loose ball, calling time just before she lands out of bounds in the state semifinal. "Jill's a gamer," said Arundel coach Lee Rogers. "She comes with a lot of intensity, doesn't like to lose and has something in her that pushes her to excel." She also does the job with efficiency, shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 81 percent from the line this season. Out five games with a sprained ankle in the early part of the season, Marano returned and saved her best for last in leading Arundel to its second Class 4A state crown. In a semifinal win over Frederick followed by the title-clincher against Oxon Hill, she compiled 36 points, 17 assists and nine steals, with a knack for making the big play when the Wildcats needed it most. Her competitiveness translated into a state-championship season for the Wildcats.

Coach of the Year

Lee Rogers, Arundel: The Wildcats' leader certainly made the most of his 10th season as coach, reaching the 200-win plateau in the county-championship game against Severna Park and then capturing his second Class 4A state championship with a 61-55 victory over Oxon Hill this past weekend. "It all comes down to showing how much effort is needed from everyone to become successful. It takes a lot of hours, a lot of dedication and a lot of time away from families," said Rogers, who praised the efforts of assistant coaches Donna McGowan and Greg LeGrand. The masterful game plan Rogers and Co. devised to counter Oxon Hill couldn't have been possible without the methodical, season-long progress of each of his players. The primary task was to slow down Oxon Hill's standout, Rebekkah Brunson. To prepare for the Clippers' 6-foot-2, Georgetown-bound standout, Rogers had Arundel's boys center, Joey Iarossi, practice with his girls the night before. Rogers was then comfortable and confident enough to use 12 players in the final, putting five different players on Brunson to make her earn everything. The Wildcats finished the season with a 25-2 mark, ranked second in the metro area.

First team

Nicole Dailey, Meade: The gifted junior forward continued to put up big numbers: 15.6 points, 15.8 rebounds and a school-record 67 blocks in her third outstanding season of varsity play. And while those numbers are impressive, even more impressive was how the 6-foot-1 Dailey went about putting them up. The two-time All-County first-teamer brought a complete game offensively -- scoring inside as well as being able to run the floor. But her continued improvement at the defensive end and on the boards was just as vital for the Mustangs. This season, she averaged 6.5 more rebounds than the year before.

Najmah Fauntleroy, Arundel: Flashes of Fauntleroy's ability to dominate came at the end of her sophomore season. This season, all she did was dominate. The 6-foot junior, a repeat first-team performer, averaged 16 points and 15 rebounds to help lead the Wildcats to their second state title. Quick and aggressive around the basket, Fauntleroy developed a number of inside moves offensively, got up high for rebounds and also finished with 50 blocks. One of her finest efforts came in Arundel's 56-47 win over Severna Park for the county championship, when she scored 20 points and pulled down 25 boards.

Essence Greer, Glen Burnie: It was no coincidence that the Glen Burnie program began to turn around with Greer's arrival. Last season, the Gophers enjoyed their first winning season (11-9) in a decade, with Greer their leading scorer as a freshman. This season, they took their game to a higher level, finishing 19-5, with Greer becoming more of a complete player. The smooth sophomore guard averaged 16 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists a game, and also did the little things to assure success for the Gophers.

Natalie Hicks, Severna Park: The versatile senior shined in every aspect of the game in leading the Falcons (19-6) to the Class 4A East Region final. Playing small forward and both guard positions, Hicks averaged 16.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.1 steals and 2.4 assists per game this season. Hitting 50 percent from the field and 71 percent from the line, she reached double figures in 23 games, including a career-high 30 points in the playoff win over Broadneck. First arriving on the varsity scene midway through her freshman season, she totaled 1,057 career points.

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