"I want to be remembered as one of the best basketball players to ever step onto any Howard County court, but I want people to be aware that I didn't accomplish that on my own," she said. "They need to remember that the reason I made it this far was because of my work ethic, the work ethic of my teammates and coaches, and the love I received from my basketball family."
In the fall, Massaquoi will travel across the country to Arizona, where she'll start a new legacy on the collegiate level. The Western Athletic Conference is a step up from Howard County, but her ambition will remain the same.
"I'm just excited to play basketball every day," she said. "I will represent Howard County, and make every person who helped me proud."
Named to the first-team all-county squad are:
Chelsea Mitchell, Atholton. A threat on both sides of the ball, Mitchell was one of this year's smoothest players on the court. Her ability to get a steal, make a quick pass in transition or take it to the rim herself set her apart from not only her own teammates, but many opposing players in the county.
After trailing by double-digits for the majority of the 3A East regional championship game against Poly, Mitchell's inspired play was crucial as the Raiders started their comeback. Though they went on to lose by five points in double-overtime, that performance could be a sign of things to come next season.
"Chelsea is a fantastic basketball player," said coach Julia Reynold. "Her speed, ball handling and defensive intensity can really change the style and pace of a game."
The junior led the county with 3.6 steals, and her team with 11.8 points per game. She added 5.7 rebounds as well, making her one of the most diverse players on the court in any given game.
Reynold said Mitchell's work to develop all aspects of her game made her an asset to the team this season, and that her drive and dedication fueled her team-first style of play.
"I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to be her coach for another year," added Reynold.
Jenna Collins, River Hill. Like Massaquoi, River Hill's Collins also surpassed the 1,000-point milestone this season. Though her team lost a great deal of senior leadership from last year's roster, Collins was one of the key components to the success the Hawks had on the court.
She averaged 16.6 points, 10.5 boards and 3.3 steals per game this winter, leading her team in all three categories.
River Hill coach Teresa Waters, who has seen the growth of Collins over her four-year career, said it's the senior's work ethic that ultimately set her apart from her peers.
"Jenna is a player that firmly believes you leave it all out there on the court whether it be at practice or in games," she said. "She brought the mental and physical intensity every day."
Though Collins was tough to defend in the post, her biggest asset was the ability to act as an extra coach on the floor. The Hawks played a number of underclassmen throughout the season, most notably at point guard with sophomore Jessie Hopkins. Collins' knack for helping her younger teammates learn the game made her extremely valuable.
A two-sport athlete, Collins will join her sister, Julia (a second-team selection this winter), on the Naval Academy's lacrosse team next season.
Karigan Awkward, Oakland Mills. Awkward averaged 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds this year for the Scorpions – the only team with a losing record to produce a first-team all-county selection.
One of the county's purest scorers, Awkward's ability to drive to the hoop over some of the leagues most talented opponents showed just how dynamic she could be.
Still, for Awkward, it wasn't always easy. This season, coach Christina Hewitt was the fourth person at the helm of the Scorpions program in as many years.
That turnover seemed to only drive Awkward, who became her team's go-to scorer in pressure situations.