All-Metro girls basketball team

High Schools

March 27, 2000|By Katherine Dunn

Player of the Year

Mandakova Clark,

Milford Mill

In two years with the Millers, Clark dazzled opponents and fans with her wide repertoire of offensive moves. Her flashy style and exceptional skills led the No. 8 Millers (21-5) to a fifth straight Baltimore County championship and a third straight trip to the state final.

The 5-foot-8 Rutgers-bound guard polished off her career by breaking a nine-year-old state tournament record for most three-point field goals in two games. She hit nine -- six in a semifinal victory over Thomas Stone and three more in a 41-33 loss to DuVal in the Class 3A final.

Her behind-the-back dribbles, no-look passes and crowd-pleasing fakes only enhanced her ability to make the easy shots and the seemingly impossible ones.

The two-time All-Metro pick shot 56 percent from the field, averaged 21 points during the regular season and boosted that average to 25 in the regional and state playoffs. She also contributed six rebounds and seven assists per game.

"She's the best player I've ever coached," said Milford coach Pam Wright. "She's made this program so much better. I can't replace her. It may be a long time before we get another Mandy."

Clark, a preseason Street & Smith's honorable mention All-American, was one of only 20 players nationwide selected for the Phoenix/Women's Basketball Coaches Association High School All-America Game, which will be shown April 8 on ESPN2 at noon.

Coach of the Year

Teresa Waters,

River Hill

In her 19th season of coaching, Waters reaped a couple of firsts -- a Howard County title and county Coach of the Year honors.

Her No. 4 Hawks went 18-0 in the county and finished 24-1 overall. They just missed a trip to the state final four, falling to eventual state champ DuVal, 40-37, in the Class 3A East region final.

"Everything just came together," said Waters, whose team was 12-11 in 1998-99, her first season 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 freshmen we added really knew how to play. We had all the ingredients to make this team successful."

Waters had Howard 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' career record is 195-219. She was 159-207 in 17 seasons at Oakland Mills.

She has been to the state championship game four times -- twice as player at Snow Hill in Worcester County. She averaged 24 points playing for Snow Hill, which narrowly lost both finals. Her Oakland Mills team lost the final in 1991 and won the Class 1A championship in 1998.

Rayna DuBose,

Oakland Mills

Howard County's most dominant post player, DuBose averaged 18.2 points, 15.3 rebounds and 4.2 blocks, leading the Scorpions (15-9) in all three categories.

The solidly built 6-2 junior center already has scored 1,067 points in her career.

This season, DuBose managed to post 21 double doubles, and she wound up scoring many of her points off of offensive rebounds.

Twice, she scored 29 points, including a game against Howard when she scored 20 in the fourth quarter and overtime to rally her team to a victory after it had faced a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit.

DuBose was named the Most Valuable Player at Woodlawn's holiday tournament after amassing 40 points and 31 rebounds in two games.

Later, DuBose was a prime contributer, with 23 points and 20 rebounds, in the Scorpions' 48-44 upset of then-No.4 Mount Hebron.

Jill Marano,

Arundel

The Anne Arundel County Player of the Year led the No. 2 Wildcats (25-2) to the state Class 4A championship.

Marano missed five games this season with a sprained ankle. With her in the lineup, the Wildcats were 21-1.

A second-team All-Metro pick last year, Marano averaged 15.8 points, 5.3 assists and 4.5 steals for the Anne Arundel County champs.

Marano was dependable shooter for the Wildcats, making 50.6 percent of her shots from the field, and she converted 81-percent of her free throws.

An intense player and a relentless defender, Marano had a knack for making the big plays when her team needed them most.

In two state tournament victories, she scored 36 points, distributed 17 assists and grabbed nine steals. Her 15 points and eight assists helped her team to a 61-55 title-game win over Oxon Hill.

Shanell Watson,

St. Frances

The 5-5 senior guard provided much of the spark in the Panthers' excellent season.

Watson led her team in scoring with 14.8 points per game and became the fourth all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,218 career points.

She also averaged three assists and two steals per game.

She provided leadership and always came through in important situations, with her ability to score off the dribble or hit three-pointers.

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