All - Metro Girls Basketball Team

March 22, 2001|By KATHERINE DUNN

Coach of the Year

Scott Robinson

Mount Hebron

With Robinson the past five years, the Vikings have improved every season. Built on a stingy man-to-man defense, the Vikings ended the season 22-6 and ranked No. 6. With a roster full of multisport athletes, few of whom concentrate on basketball, Robinson has built one of the area's most competitive programs. Mount Hebron's records during the Robinson era: overall, 7-16, 13-10, 17-7, 21-4, 22-3; in Howard County, 4-14, 9-9, 12-6, 15-3, 16-2.

In November, the Vikings came back without three All-County starters, but Robinson fostered a team-first attitude, and the players responded. "This year taught me how important team chemistry and cohesion is," Robinson said. "If everybody works together toward one goal, you can obtain results."

Although the Vikings made an early exit in postseason, falling in the Class 2A South region championship for a second straight year, Robinson said that loss did not mar an otherwise fine season.

Player of the Year

LaTonya Blue

St. Frances

Whatever the Panthers needed, their smooth, 5-foot-10 point guard provided.

Others posted more impressive numbers than Blue's 12.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.2 assists, but no one else matched the senior's blend of athleticism, skill, leadership, composure, work ethic and determination.

Blue's willingness to contribute whatever her team needed kept her stats down but boosted her team to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship, a 25-3 record and the final No. 1 ranking.

The Baltimore City/County Player of the Year and a repeat All-Metro first-teamer, Blue could do it all, but she excelled at defense and passing.

In the 52-37 IAAM A Conference title-game win over Seton Keough, Blue shut out the Gators' top three-point threat. She also scored 13 points and had five assists.

"She showed a lot of maturity and senior leadership in contributing different things to different games and putting us on her shoulders and carrying us," said Panthers coach Jerome Shelton.

"Because of her skills and her ability to create, she was given a lot of freedom to make decisions. She was vital to the overall success of our team because of her ability to organize, show leadership and get the ball in the hands of the personnel that could get the job done."

A Street & Smith's preseason honorable-mention All-American twice, Blue will play next season at the University of Virginia.

Nicole Dailey

Meade

The 6-1 senior forward lived up to her advance billing as a Street & Smith's honorable-mention preseason All-American. That was no surprise for the repeat first-team All-Metro player. Dailey averaged 18.9 points and 12.1 rebounds for a Mustangs team that finished 15-10.

Offensively, Dailey could do just about anything, from dominate inside to run the floor. She proved equally impressive defensively. An intimidator in the paint, she set a school record for blocks for a second straight season. She blocked 93 shots to smash her old mark of 67. In her final game, a 62-50 loss to Broadneck in the Class 4A East regional semifinals, Dailey scored 18. Early in the season, she scored 20 and grabbed 16 rebounds as Meade avenged a 2000 regional playoff loss to C. Milton Wright. Dailey will play at Mount St. Mary's next season.

Lillian Drumgold

Western

The agile 5-10 forward capped off her high school career as the Most Valuable Player for the victorious city team at the Baltimore City-County All-Star Game. A second-team All-Metro pick last season, Drumgold averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 8 Doves (18-4) to their third Baltimore City championship in her four years.

Drumgold's versatility was especially important to the young, inexperienced Doves. The senior could play strong inside but also showed good range on her jump shot. In the city final, she scored 10 points in the first quarter to spark the Doves to a 53-51 victory over defending champ Dunbar. She finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. In her fourth straight trip to the state Class 4A semifinals, she scored a game-high 20 points and had nine rebounds in a 57-46 loss to eventual champ Suitland.

Rayna DuBose

Oakland Mills

The 6-2 senior center proved again that she has strong shoulders by putting the No. 10 Scorpions on her back and carrying them to a 16-8 season. Though often double- and triple-teamed, DuBose led the Scorpions in scoring in 19 games.

She shot 56 percent from the field and averaged 21.8 points. She scored 30 or more points three times, including a career-high 40-point effort in a 57-48 win over Wilde Lake.

As junior, DuBose didn't try a single three-pointer, but she made 31 percent of her attempts from beyond the arc this season. The repeat All-Metro first-teamer headed to Virginia Tech also averaged 14.9 rebounds and 4.8 blocks.

DuBose, who was a freshman on the varsity when Oakland Mills won the state Class 1A title, finished her career with 1,591 points and 1,215 rebounds.

Najmah Fauntleroy

Arundel

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