Players To Watch

Varsity Girls Basketball

December 04, 2008

Asya Bussie

Seton Keough, center

* Headed for West Virginia, the two-time All-Metro pick can control the paint on both ends of the floor. The 6-foot-5 senior could end her career with more than 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Cassie Cooke

Winters Mill, guard

* With skills surpassed only by her determination, the 5-8 All-Metro senior can post up, hit from long range or find an open teammate. Rhode Island-bound, she averaged 13.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.9 assists.

Simone Egwu

Arundel, center

* The 6-3 All-Metro senior is tough to stop offensively, and if you try, you could be in trouble. She hits 83 percent of her free throws while averaging 16.1 points. Headed for Virginia, Egwu also blocked 46 shots and grabbed 10.4 rebounds a game.

Jess Harlee

Fallston, forward

* The Harford County Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore, the 5-9 junior averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds while battling an eye injury and also has guard-like ball-handling and distribution skills.

Shatyra Hawkes

St. Frances, guard

* The 5-3 All-Metro dynamo's ability to step into a leadership role as a sophomore last season helped the young Panthers overcome key injuries and repeat as IAAM A Conference champs. Hawkes averaged 17 points and three assists.

Akeema Richards

Western, guard

* Lightning quick with slick moves to the basket, the 5-9 West Virginia-bound senior, a two-time All-Metro selection, had a triple double in the state Class 3A semifinals and averaged 12.9 points and 4.5 steals.

LaShay Taft

City, guard

* Always a long-range threat, the 5-9 junior will look to drive to the hoop more this winter. Taft, a second-team All-Metro pick last season, averaged 16.6 points and four assists.

Sheronne Vails

Arundel, forward

* The 6-4 All-Metro junior frustrated opponents with her shot-blocking ability and emerged as a big-game player last season. Vails, who averaged 13.5 points and 8.7 rebounds, had 30 points and 15 rebounds in the Anne Arundel County final.

Nyree Williams

Howard, forward

* Williams, a 6-1, North Carolina-bound senior, dominated the post with 17.8 points, 12.1 rebounds and 4.5 blocks, but look for her at power forward with time at guard.

Shamika Williams

Catonsville, guard

* The 5-8 All-Metro senior, headed for UMBC, averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds and scored 27 points in the Baltimore County final.

Other notables: Caitlin Bach, North Carroll; Breaira Barksdale, City; Jasmine Barksdale, Roland Park; Brittany Bowen, Mount Hebron; Brianna Bradford, Reservoir; Ali Brennan, McDonogh; Janay Brinkley, Archbishop Spalding; Jordan Clinton, Archbishop Spalding; Ryan Dannelly, River Hill; Ashley Davis, Arundel; Katie Dickerson, Severn; Chelsea Dukes, Towson Catholic; Katelyn Fischer, Seton Keough; Emily Gladstone, Dulaney; Nichelle Groom, Digital Harbor; Keirah Hicks, Western; Nicole Hill, Oakland Mills; Brianna Hutchen, St. Frances; Shenika Johnson, Poly; Racquell Jones, Southern; Zameria Jones, Joppatowne; Amanda Lawrence, South River; Asia Logan, Digital Harbor; Ciarra Lucas, Old Mill; Stefanie McLallen, Century; Jennifer Phillips, North Harford; Shelby Polk, Catonsville; Nadja Rhodes, Aberdeen; Devonne Richardson, Milford Mill; Megan Schaaf, Mount Hebron; Katie Schwarzmann, Century; Alicia Seelaus, River Hill; Akilah Sewell, City; Kelsie Singleton, Randallstown; Cindy Skurci, South Carroll; Bridgette Snyder, Atholton; Molly Speicher, Centennial; Tiffany Taylor, Aberdeen; Brittney Thorton, Joppatowne; Julie Trinchere, C. Milton Wright; Taylor Vandegrift, Winters Mill; La'Bree Williams, Glen Burnie; Brandi Wingate, Howard; Moriah Young, McDonogh

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