Player of the Year
Becky Wike, Carroll Christian: Sarah Palmer, her former North Carroll coach, said: "I adore Becky Wike. She's the classiest player I've ever seen or coached. And had she played at North Carroll this season she would have dominated the public schools the same way she did the private schools." Dominant was the word for Wike, who transferred to Carroll Christian for her senior season and led the county in scoring (23.1 point average), rebounding (19.5) and steals (6.4) while also averaging 2.4 assists. Her Patriots won the Potomac Christian Athletic Conference, the Maryland Association of Christian Schools tournament and finished second at the Mid-East Regional Athletic Association of Christian Schools tournament in New Jersey. The 5-foot-11 senior forward, a two-time All-County selection, could play anywhere on the court and played with abandon. Patriots coach Matt Reisberg cites rebounding as Wike's greatest strength. "But she also runs the floor well." The 3.8 student, who prides herself on her defense, would like to play college basketball but is still undecided on a school.
Coach of the Year
Dick Ebersole, Westminster: In his second year back after a 10-year absence from coaching the Owls girls basketball team, Ebersole authored a turnaround season. Last season, the Owls struggled through a 4-19 ordeal. They recently completed was a celebratory 16-7 season that included a Carroll County championship. The loss of senior captains Kasey Owings and Katie Selby to injuries midway through the season threatened to put a damper on it. But freshmen Emily Bollinger and Jen Walkling and sophomore Kerry Higgs performed like veterans the rest of the way and hinted at great things to come for Westminster. Ebersole, 55, had previously coached Westminster from 1980 to 1989 and taken them to the final four twice. And he coached Francis Scott Key from 1977 to 1980 and took them to the state final once. The Carroll County school system behavioral specialist believes in fundamentals and it showed in his team.
The first team
Emily Bollinger, Westminster: She showed great composure for a freshman and stepped up when her team lost its two senior captains to injuries in the middle of the season. The 6-foot, 145-pound forward made things happen. She was strong to the basket and possesses excellent skills. In 23 games, Bollinger averaged 11.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
Kim Lowry, South Carroll: One of the most intense players in the county, she carried her team to playoff wins over Wheaton and Richard Montgomery. A good defender who was also capable of scoring 20 points, the 5-2, 120-pound senior point guard played every game like it was a state championship. Lowry averaged 16.0 points, tops among county public school players. She also averaged 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals.
Ashley Norris, Francis Scott Key: One of the most versatile and consistent players in the county, she could rebound, bring the ball down the floor or shoot three-pointers. And she did it all with intensity. In crunch time, the 5-11, 165-pound senior forward wanted the ball. In 26 games she averaged 10.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists. And her 49 steals averaged out to 1.9 per game. She was 17-for-53 from three-point range.
Lauryn Smith, Liberty: A three-time All-County selection, Smith used her 26-inch verticle leap to finish first in the county in rebounding among public school players, averaging 12.2 a game. The 5-9, 155-pound senior forward has great hands and was adept at making outlet passes. She also averaged 11.1 points and 4.0 steals. For her career, she scored 713 points and had 874 rebounds.
Samantha Stambaugh, Francis Scott Key: She has a great turnaround jump shot and was deadly from the baseline. Her strong rebounding and shot-blocking skills helped her team to a 17-9 record, and the Class 2A West Region final, where the Eagles lost to state finalist Urbana. The 6-foot, 165-pound senior center averaged 11.9 points and 7.9 rebounds a game. She was 123-for-303 from the floor for a 40.8 percent shooting percentage.
The Baltimore Sun 2000-2001 All-Carroll County boys and girls basketball teams were selected by Rick Belz after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.
Girls Top 20 poll
1. St. Frances 25-3
2. River Hill 23-2, 3. Arundel 25-2
4. Seton Keough 26-6
5. Dunbar 23-4
6. Mount Hebron 22-3
7. Glenelg 19-7
8. Western 18-4
9. Milford Mill 20-5
10. Oakland Mills 16-8
11. Archbishop Spalding 17-11
12. Mercy 16-11
13. Catonsville 21-5
14. Randallstown 18-7
15. John Carroll 14-10
16. McDonogh 13-9
17. Mervo 18-4
18. Roland Park 13-12
19. Westminster 15-6
20. South River 17-8
Other teams considered: Broadneck (17-8), Institute of Notre Dame (11-14), North County (17-6), St. Mary's (10-17).
The girls teams
Player of the Year: Becky Wike, Carroll Christian
Coach of the Year: Dick Ebersole, Westminster
Name School Class Position
Emily Bollinger Westminster Freshman Forward
Kim Lowry South Carroll Senior Guard
Ashley Norris Francis Scott Key Senior Forward
Lauryn Smith Liberty Senior Forward
Samantha Stambaugh Francis Scott Key Senior Center
Becky Wike Carroll Christian Senior Center
Meredith Carter Francis Scott Key Senior Guard
Kerry Higgs Westminster Sophomore Guard
Shannon Shirey North Carroll Sophomore Forward
Adria Stonesifer Francis Scott Key Senior Center
Becky Trumbo Liberty Junior Guard
Jen Walkling Westminster Freshman Forward