All-anne Arundel Basketball

High Schools

March 21, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham

GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Alex McGuire

Arundel, junior

Shortly after the top-ranked Wildcats defeated Woodlawn, 87-64, in the Class 4A state final on March 13, the gifted guard had a firm grasp on the team's championship plaque with no plans of letting go.

It was the ideal end to an ideal season for McGuire, who first became the program's quickest player to surpass 1,000 career points, and then became the school's all-time leading scorer (1,517 points) - with one year left.

The repeat county Player of the Year averaged 25 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and had 114 steals in the Wildcats' 26-2 season.

Some of her finest work was on display in the state championship game, when she scored 34 points - including a state-record 18-for-18 performance at the free-throw line - to go with five rebounds, six steals and four assists.

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR

Chuck Miller

Severn

Miller led the No. 12 Admirals (24-3) to their first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference crown and so much more.

There was an 11-game winning streak to start the season; a big win over A Conference foe St. Mary's; a holiday tournament win at Queen Anne's highlighted by a 67-64 win over South River in the final; and the avenging of two earlier losses to No. 13 St. Paul's in the championship game.

Miller, in his fourth season, got the most out a roster of nine that had no player taller than 5 feet 11. Roles were clearly identified with a structured half-court offense centered around standout guard Sarah Meisenberg, and scrappy play on defense was a constant.

GIRLS FIRST TEAM

Jess Adam

Severn, senior

Adam, a Duke-bound lacrosse standout, brought intangibles to make up for her lack of height (5 feet 9) at center. With fine athleticism, smarts and a strong desire to compete, Adam played a big part in the Admirals' first IAAM B Conference crown. The team captain averaged 8.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Leading by two going into the fourth quarter of the league semifinals against Towson Catholic, Adam asked for the last words in the team huddle: "She said, `Guys, I'm going to do everything in my power to win this game and I want the same from everyone,' " said coach Chuck Miller.

Ana Baker

Arundel, junior

Whatever the Wildcats' offense needed, the team's point guard was there to supply it with quickness, smart decisions, nifty ball-handling and a sure shot when called upon. Baker averaged 13.6 points per game, coming up with timely three-pointers throughout the Wildcats' postseason run, and dished out a single-season, program-best 219 assists for an 8.2 average per game. With 422 career assists going into her senior season, she's well on pace to break the program's career mark of 480 set by Jill Marano.

Janae Butler

Arundel, junior

After seeing time off the bench as a sophomore, Butler made the most of her opportunity in a starting role this season, giving the Wildcats the needed inside presence to complement their fine perimeter game. Averaging 13 points and 11.1 rebounds, Butler, 5 feet 11, steadily improved on her inside post moves to become a reliable scoring option, and was able to get good positioning by boxing out for rebounds. She recorded 16 double doubles in points and rebounds. In the Wildcats' win over No. 4 Woodlawn in the state final, Butler scored 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting from the field.

Bri Gauthier

St. Mary's, junior

The standout point guard earned a second straight selection to the county's first team with smart play and versatile skills. The three-year starter was the Saints' floor leader, top scoring threat and defensive catalyst. She averaged 13.6 points, six assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals as the Saints went 15-10. In late December, Gauthier became the program's seventh player to reach the 1,000-point plateau and only the second to accomplish the feat as a junior. She will enter her senior season with 1,224 points and 443 assists.

Sarah Meisenberg

Severn, junior

The hard-working guard is Severn's designated scorer and much more. The team captain led the Admirals in scoring - averaging 23.4 points - as Severn won its first IAAM B Conference crown. The team's scoring leader for the past three years, Meisenberg worked on getting to the basket more to complement her fine outside shooting, helping her reach 1,000 points. A strong defender with good court vision, Meisenberg averaged 8.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.2 steals this season. She scored a game-high 23 points in the Admirals' 54-47 win over St. Paul's in the conference championship game.

Lindsay Sheppard

South River, senior

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