2001 All-Howard County basketball teams/ High schools

March 15, 2001

Player of the Year

Greeba Outen Barlow, River Hill: Simply stated, Outen Barlow, who earns this award for the second straight season, can do it all. "She's exciting to watch," said River Hill coach Teresa Waters. "I've never seen a kid so naturally talented. I don't think Greeba has even begun to touch her potential. I'm looking forward to seeing her at the college level." Outen Barlow, who will play at George Washington University next season, has the ability to take over a game with her shooting, passing and defense. She led the second-ranked Hawks (23-2) in scoring (18.0) and assists (3.1) and was second in rebounding (4.8). She's quick, can jump, plays aggressively and sees the court better than most. "Her passes are unbelievable," Waters said. Outen Barlow, 5 feet 10, led the Hawks in scoring in 17 games, and nine times had 20 or more points. She had a season-high 34 in a victory over Atholton. Outen Barlow, a second-team All-County selection as a freshman and sophomore, finished her career with 1,233 points. Waters said Outen Barlow is a "fierce competitor" who "enjoys playing in front of a crowd. She's an entertainer." The Hawks were unbeaten in Howard County the last two seasons and were 47-3 overall. "We would never have gotten as far as we have without Greeba," Waters said. "She's gifted. It's something that she was born with."

Coach of the Year

Scott Robinson, Mount Hebron: The Vikings lost three All-County starters from last year's team and didn't miss a beat. In fact, they got better, something every Mount Hebron team has done since Robinson took over five seasons ago. Here are Mount Hebron's records during the Robinson era: overall - 7-16, 13-10, 17-7, 21-4, 22-3 and league - 4-14, 9-9, 12-6, 15-3, 16-2. "This year taught me how important team chemistry and cohesion is," said Robinson. "If everybody works together toward one goal you can obtain results." Robinson added: "We went from Nov. 15 to March 3 without any problems. We could just go out there and play basketball. The girls were super to coach." Robinson also credited his staff. "Advance scout Bill Williams had us very prepared for every game and assistant coach Mickey McCarthy is an extremely hard worker. We couldn't have been as successful without both of them." When the Vikings took the court, you knew they were going to be fundamentally sound and prepared. They were unselfish offensively and aggressive defensively. They understood their roles and played as a team. Though Mount Hebron lost in the Class 2A South region championship for the second straight season, Robinson said the season was "not a disappointing year at all. The relationships I built with these kids over the last few months I wouldn't trade for anything." Robinson, who shared this award with then-Wilde Lake coach Kelly Storr in the 1997-98 season, coached Mount Hebron's boys teams from 1991-1995 and was an assistant men's coach at Johns Hopkins in the 1995-96 season.

The first team

Megan Buescher, River Hill: "I've never coached a kid at this age level that is more focused and more consistent in her work ethic," said River Hill coach Teresa Waters. "She's serious about the game and wants to get better." A 6-foot sophomore forward, Buescher averaged 9.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 steals a game. She found a home shooting baseline jumpers, but didn't shy away from going to the basket. A solid passer who saw the court well, Buescher always played aggressively and did "a lot of little things," according to Waters, to make the Hawks better. "Megan works so hard and has the right attitude," Waters said. "Whatever she does, she wants to do it the best. She's just a great kid on and off the court." Buescher, who had a season-high 26 points in a victory over Howard, was an All-Metro defender on the Hawks' No. 1--ranked soccer team.

Rayna DuBose, Oakland Mills: DuBose once again took the 10th-ranked Scorpions on her back and led them to a 16-8 season. Often double- and triple-teamed, the 6-2 senior center led the Scorpions in scoring in 19 games. She shot 56 percent from the floor and averaged 21.8 points. DuBose didn't try a three-point shot as a junior, but made 31 percent of her three-point attempts this season. She also averaged 14.9 rebounds and 4.8 blocks. "When she decided to turn it up she couldn't be stopped," said Oakland Mills coach Marcus Lewis. DuBose, who will play next season at Virginia Tech, scored 30 or more points three times, including a career-high 40-point effort in a 57-48 win over Wilde Lake. Lewis said DuBose started the season in better shape and "improved every aspect of her game." He added that DuBose "was our emotional leader. When she came ready to play, the team came ready to play." DuBose, who was a freshman on the varsity when Oakland Mills won the Class 1A state title, had 1,591 points and 1,215 rebounds in her outstanding career.

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