Varsity All-howard

March 29, 2009

girls basketball

Player of the Year

Nyree Williams, Howard

The 6-foot-1 senior forward brought a powerful inside game to the Lions, but she was also a strong defensive presence. With her quickness and long arms, she gave even the slipperiest small guards trouble on the defensive end. On offense, Williams excelled in the paint and was particularly difficult to stop on the offensive rebounds. She averaged 17.6 points, 14.3 rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Williams, who is headed to North Carolina, led the Lions to the best record in school history, 20-5, and a second-place finish in the Howard County league.

Coach of the Year

Kim Kennedy, Howard

A former Lions player in her first head coaching job, Kennedy took a team that won just seven games a year ago and turned it into a 20-game winner. The Lions' final record of 20-5 was even better than the state title team in 1994. Kennedy had a solid foundation in Williams and Brandi Wingate, but injuries hindered the team all season. Still, the structure that Kennedy brought to the team helped them finish second behind River Hill in the Howard County league and helped instill a new pride in the program.

The team

Name School Cl. Pos.

Brittany Bowen Mount Hebron Sr. G

Brianna Bradford Reservoir Sr. G

Shantrel Oliver River Hill Jr. G

Molly Speicher Centennial Sr. G

Alex Vega River Hill Jr G

Brandi Wingate Howard Sr. G

Kristin Anderson Centennial Sr. F

Alicia Seelaus River Hill Sr. F

Nyree Williams Howard Sr. F

Ryann Dannelly River Hill Sr. C

Note: Team selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Baltimore Sun staff and area coaches.

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