All-carroll County Basketball

March 14, 2002

BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Josh Boone

South Carroll, senior

Utter domination. No two words better describe his play in the low post for the majority of this season. The 6-foot-9 center averaged 20 points, 14.4 rebounds and seven blocks per game, leading the Cavaliers (20-6) to their second straight county championship and their first trip to the Class 3A state semifinals since 1989.

After excelling mainly on defense a year ago and earning second-team All-Metro honors, Boone significantly stepped up his game on offense as well, especially after South Carroll's Indiana-bound point guard, Marshall Strickland, was ruled ineligible early in the season. Following an off-season of camps and AAU ball, however, Boone quickly rose to the challenge of becoming the team's go-to scorer.

He did some of his best work in the regional tournament, combining for 62 points, 33 rebounds and 14 blocks in wins over Blake and Walter Johnson. With results like that, it's no wonder the 17-year-old is being pursued by several schools in the Big East and Atlantic 10.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Jim Carnes

South Carroll

Few coaches could handle the notion of losing their starting point guard -- much less one of the top point guards in the entire nation -- during the early weeks of the season. Carnes, however, was forced to face just that when the state ruled in December that Indiana-bound Marshall Strickland had used up his high school eligibility. It's what happened following that decision that made Carnes a lock for Coach of the Year.

Rebounding from the emotional letdown of losing their leader, the Cavaliers picked up their heads, changed their style to more of a half-court attack and went on to post a 20-6 mark. They captured county and regional championships before ending their season with the school's first trip to the Class 3A state semifinals since 1989.

"Everybody had to change their roles," said the 26-year coach. "The kids just adapted really well."

BOYS FIRST TEAM

Chris Bassler

Francis Scott Key, junior

The county's second-best post player behind Sun Player of the Year Josh Boone, the 6-foot-5 forward averaged 17 points and 11.1 rebounds, both third in the county. He was especially effective when posting up in the paint and usually drew double teams that left teammates open for perimeter shots.

Bassler scored a game-high 20 points in Key's 58-56 win over Hammond in the Class 2A West quarterfinals and was one of the driving forces behind the Eagles' solid fifth-place finish in the 10-team Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

Chucky Black

Francis Scott Key, senior

There was no better crunch-time player in the county than this 5-foot-10 guard who seemed to always play his best with the game on the line. The transfer from Virginia averaged 14.8 points and 1.9 steals per game, and he led the county by shooting 76 percent from the free-throw line.

The Eagles' defensive stopper, he had last-second blocks to preserve wins over Brunswick and Hammond. His efforts and leadership helped lead Francis Scott Key to 12 victories.

Jimmy Dahlgren

South Carroll, Senior

While teammate Josh Boone drew most of the attention with his highlight-reel dunks and blocks, it was the 6-foot-3 Dahlgren who was doing most of the dirty work. The forward averaged 10.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists, helping the Cavaliers post 20 wins for the second straight season and earning their first trip to College Park for the state semifinals since 1989.

When called upon, Dahlgren stepped up on offense, scoring 20 in a win over Westminster and 18 in a playoff triumph over Northwest.

Matt Frame

Westminster, senior

The heart and soul of the Owls, Frame turned into a complete player this season, averaging 15.3 points per game while leading the county in assists (4.4 per game) and steals (3.9), and ranking second in three-point percentage (35.3 percent) and free-throw percentage (72.8 percent).

The 5-foot-9 point guard scored 31 against Glen Burnie but also contributed in less tangible ways through the season. Coach Dave Herman said Frame was like a second coach on the court, and called him "one of the toughest kids I've ever coached."

Bryan Lowry

South Carroll, senior

It was Lowry's accurate perimeter shooting that helped open the middle for South Carroll teammates Josh Boone and Jimmy Dahlgren. The 5-foot-11 guard connected on a county-best 60 three-pointers, shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc. He averaged 11.5 points per game as well as a team-leading 2.4 steals.

What's more, he also served as the Cavaliers' defensive stopper, usually guarding the opposing team's best offensive player. He was a major reason why the Winfield team won 20 games for the second straight season.

GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Emily Bollinger

Westminster, sophomore

It's easy to forget that this standout forward is only a sophomore. Playing with the skills and poise of a senior, Bollinger led Carroll County in points (16.0) and field-goal percentage (44.6 percent) in addition to ranking fourth in rebounding (8.7).

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