It was a season full of tight games and jockeying for position among the county’s traditional powerhouse schools and a wealth of up-and-comers.
When the dust settled on the regular season, Howard was the one standing at the top of the standings with a 16-1 record. The Lions’ lone loss came against Centennial early in the year and, from that point on, the team answered every challenge on the way to the program’s first league title since 2011.
At the end of the season, Howard’s Kayli Paugh was rewarded with Player of the Year honors.
River Hill and Mt. Hebron ended up right behind Howard in the standings, losing three county games apiece. It was Mt. Hebron, though, that put everything together come playoff time to win a 3A East region championship and advance to the state final four for the first time as a program since 2005.
For more on those storylines and ones involving some of the county’s other squads, check out the video above.