Girls Basketball

March 23, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Alison Oates

Harford Tech

The Cobras don't play a full Harford County schedule, but no matter. Every coach still heard plenty about Harford Tech's dynamic senior guard, and for good reason.

Leading her team to a program-best 13-5 season, which included a berth in the Class 1A North semifinals as the third seed, Oates averaged a county-leading 19.6 points with a mixture of slashing drives and jump shooting.

Oates, who headed Tech's defensive effort and got many easy baskets because of her quickness on that end, also tallied 7.7 steals, 5.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists and did whatever Cobras coach Tammy Webber asked -- usually with great success.

Oates scored 28 points against Joppatowne, 30 vs. Edgewood, and her 22 points helped the Cobras down Carver A&T in the 1A North quarterfinals.

Playing just her fourth year of organized basketball, Oates has gotten attention from a handful of Division II and III programs.

"She averaged 16 points last year, so she didn't do anything this season that I didn't think she could do," Webber said. "She just had that instinct and was really focused in every game."

COACHES OF THE YEAR

Alice Puckett and Vernon Brown

Fallston

The Cougars' coaching tandem struck gold this year as Fallston lost just one game in the county and delivered the program's first county championship since 1997.

In the third year of the unconventional co-coaching system, Puckett and Brown's team blossomed, starting fast and finishing strong.

Fallston ended an 18-6 season with a close loss to nemesis Milford Mill in the Class 3A North final.

Most impressive was how Puckett and Brown, highly successful coaches of the field hockey and girls soccer teams at Fallston, steadied the Cougars after they went through a late-season skid where they lost four of five games.

The stretch threatened to ruin the team's hot start, which had them at 13-1, 9-0 in the county after January. But Brown and Puckett wouldn't let it happen and their team responded.

With their coaches preaching the importance of poise, confidence and execution, the Cougars won four straight games to clinch the county crown after the losing streak before falling to the Millers.

THE GIRLS TEAMS

Player of the Year: Alison Oates, Harford Tech. Coaches of the Year: Vernon Brown and Alice Puckett, Fallston.

First team

Name School Yr. Pos. Comment

Amanda Andrews Fallston Soph. G Good shooter led team in points (10) and assists (4)

Brittany Rothenbach Bel Air Sr. G Bobcats general averaged 8.7 points and 3.5 assists

Rudi Johnson Aberdeen Jr. F Eagles in states thanks to all-around game (10 ppg, 6 rpg)

Janine Luber C.M. Wright Soph. F Breakout season: 10.6 ppg., 8.7 rpg. and 3 bpg.

Whitney Griffith Fallston Sr. C Led team in rebounds (8), blocks (3.6) and steals (3.5)

Kayani Turner John Carroll Jr. C Made mark in IAAM: 15.1 points, 10.9 rebounds a game

Second team Guards: Val Bish, C.M. Wright, Sr.; Michelle Harris, Edgewood, Sr.; Kelly Heier, Fallston, Jr.; Ashlee Lopez, Havre de Grace, Soph.; Tameka McDonald, Aberdeen, Jr. Centers: Janine Jasovsky, Bel Air, Soph.; Melissa Whitacre, North Harford, Sr.

Note: Teams selected by Jeff Zrebiec after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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