Coach of the Year
Scott Robinson Mount Hebron
With Robinson the past five years, the Vikings have improved every season.
Built on a stingy man-to-man defense, the Vikings ended the season 22-6 and
ranked No. 6. With a roster full of multisport athletes, few of whom
concentrate on basketball, Robinson has built one of the area's most
competitive programs. Mount Hebron's records during the Robinson era: overall,
7-16, 13-10, 17-7, 21-4, 22-3; in Howard County, 4-14, 9-9, 12-6, 15-3, 16-2.
In November, the Vikings came back without three All-County starters, but
Robinson fostered a team-first attitude, and the players responded. "This year
taught me how important team chemistry and cohesion is," Robinson said. "If
everybody works together toward one goal, you can obtain results."
Although the Vikings made an early exit in postseason, falling in the Class
2A South region championship for a second straight year, Robinson said that
loss did not mar an otherwise fine season.
Player of the Year
LaTonya Blue St. Frances, senior
Whatever the Panthers needed, their smooth, 5-foot-10 point guard provided.
Others posted more impressive numbers than Blue's 12.3 points, 6.5 rebounds
and 6.2 assists, but no one else matched the senior's blend of athleticism,
skill, leadership, composure, work ethic and determination.
Blue's willingness to contribute whatever her team needed kept her stats
down but boosted her team to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of
Maryland A Conference championship, a 25-3 record and the final No. 1 ranking.
The Baltimore City/County Player of the Year and a repeat All-Metro
first-teamer, Blue could do it all, but she excelled at defense and passing.
In the 52-37 IAAM A Conference title-game win over Seton Keough, Blue shut
out the Gators' top three-point threat. She also scored 13 points and had five
"She showed a lot of maturity and senior leadership in contributing
different things to different games and putting us on her shoulders and
carrying us," said Panthers coach Jerome Shelton.
"Because of her skills and her ability to create, she was given a lot of
freedom to make decisions. She was vital to the overall success of our team
because of her ability to organize, show leadership and get the ball in the
hands of the personnel that could get the job done."
A Street & Smith's preseason honorable-mention All-American twice, Blue
will play next season at the University of Virginia.
Nicole Dailey Meade, senior
The 6-1 senior forward lived up to her advance billing as a Street &
Smith's honorable-mention preseason All-American. That was no surprise for the
repeat first-team All-Metro player. Dailey averaged 18.9 points and 12.1
rebounds for a Mustangs team that finished 15-10.
Offensively, Dailey could do just about anything, from dominate inside to
run the floor. She proved equally impressive defensively. An intimidator in
the paint, she set a school record for blocks for a second straight season.
She blocked 93 shots to smash her old mark of 67. In her final game, a 62-50
loss to Broadneck in the Class 4A East regional semifinals, Dailey scored 18.
Early in the season, she scored 20 and grabbed 16 rebounds as Meade avenged a
2000 regional playoff loss to C. Milton Wright. Dailey will play at Mount St.
Mary's next season.
Lillian Drumgold Western, senior
The agile 5-10 forward capped off her high school career as the Most
Valuable Player for the victorious city team at the Baltimore City-County
All-Star Game. A second-team All-Metro pick last season, Drumgold averaged 17
points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 8 Doves (18-4) to their third Baltimore
City championship in her four years.
Drumgold's versatility was especially important to the young, inexperienced
Doves. The senior could play strong inside but also showed good range on her
jump shot. In the city final, she scored 10 points in the first quarter to
spark the Doves to a 53-51 victory over defending champ Dunbar. She finished
with 17 points and 10 rebounds. In her fourth straight trip to the state Class
4A semifinals, she scored a game-high 20 points and had nine rebounds in a
57-46 loss to eventual champ Suitland.
Rayna DuBose Oakland Mills, senior
The 6-2 senior center proved again that she has strong shoulders by putting
the No. 10 Scorpions on her back and carrying them to a 16-8 season. Though
often double- and triple-teamed, DuBose led the Scorpions in scoring in 19
She shot 56 percent from the field and averaged 21.8 points. She scored 30
or more points three times, including a career-high 40-point effort in a 57-48
win over Wilde Lake.
As junior, DuBose didn't try a single three-pointer, but she made 31
percent of her attempts from beyond the arc this season. The repeat All-Metro
first-teamer headed to Virginia Tech also averaged 14.9 rebounds and 4.8
DuBose, who was a freshman on the varsity when Oakland Mills won the state
Class 1A title, finished her career with 1,591 points and 1,215 rebounds.
Najmah Fauntleroy Arundel, senior
The Anne Arundel County Player of the Year averaged a double double in
leading her No. 3 Wildcats (25-2) to county and regional titles. Contributing
15 points and 14.1 rebounds a game, the 6-0 forward finished her high school
career as the top rebounder in school history and one of its leading scorers.
She also was a ferocious defender, averaging 3.2 steals a game.
Her 1,180 career rebounds smashed the old record of 903 set by Chavonne
Hammond. She grabbed a season-high 25 rebounds in a regular-season victory
over South River and 24 in the Class 4A East regional final win over
Broadneck. Fauntleroy converted a lot of those rebounds, rising to third on
the school's all-time scoring list with 1,249 points.
An All-Metro second-team selection last season, Fauntleroy is headed for
Erin Jaschik Mount Hebron, senior
An aggressive 6-0 center, Jaschik contributed more than just impressive
statistics this season. The senior, who displayed a smooth touch around the
basket, averaged 15.8 points and 10.2 rebounds, but she also proved to be a
steadying influence who came through in the clutch as the Vikings enjoyed
their best season in years.
Jaschik scored a game-high 20 points in a second meeting with Howard County
rival River Hill, a game that determined the county champion. She scored four
points in a late Vikings rally that cut River Hill's 10-point lead to two, but
the Vikings ended up falling, 53-51. Twelve times, Jaschik led her team in
scoring, including a season-high 30-point effort against Hammond. She also
averaged 2.5 assists and 2.3 steals.
Jaschik, who will play next season at Columbia, finished her career with
Tiffany Jones Dunbar, junior
Jones provided the steadying force behind Dunbar's run to a second straight
state Class 2A championship. The multitalented 5-6 junior point guard
contributed a little of everything statistically for the No. 5 Poets (23-4),
but her greatest asset was her leadership. With her composure and keen court
sense, Jones helped a young Poets team rebound from losing the Baltimore City
title to cruise through the state tournament.
Jones boosted her 12-point scoring average to 16 points in the state
tournament, where she also averaged 4.5 assists. She scored 17 and had seven
rebounds, five steals and three assists in a 54-46 win over Fairmont Heights,
the team that knocked then-No. 4 Mount Hebron out of the regional tournament.
In the title game, Jones had 15 points and six assists in a 63-36 romp over
Jill Marano Arundel, senior
A repeat All-Metro selection, Marano continued to do what she does best -
score and help everybody else score. The 5-8 senior point guard averaged 15.9
points and 6.7 assists as the Wildcats won their fourth consecutive Anne
Arundel County championship and made their second straight trip to the state
Class 4A Final Four. She shot 47.5 percent from the field and 42 percent from
Marano's 1,291 career points placed her second on the Wildcats' all-time
scoring list behind Sherice Proctor's 1,331. But the Wildcats' floor leader
made a lasting impression in the assist category, amassing 480 to set a school
A relentless defender, she also averaged 3.4 steals a game.
Marano, the Anne Arundel County Player of the Year after a state
championship season a year ago, will play next year at La Salle.
Greeba Outen Barlow River Hill, senior
A flashy player who could amaze opponents with her ability to take over a
game, the 5-10 senior forward kept the Hawks entrenched at No. 1 for most of
the season. Athletic and skilled with great court vision, Outen Barlow led the
Hawks with averages of 18 points and 3.1 assists. She scored 20 or more points
The two-time Howard County Player of the Year and All-Metro first-teamer
led the Hawks to the Howard County title, a 23-2 season and the final No. 2
ranking. Outen Barlow, who loved to entertain a crowd, was explosive on
offense and aggressive on defense.
Over the past two seasons, she was the main reason the Hawks were 47-3
overall and unbeaten in Howard County.
Outen Barlow, who has signed with George Washington, finished her career
with 1,233 points
Jackie Valderas Seton Keough, junior
The 6-0 junior center emerged as the breakout player of the season.
Valderas averaged 12.5 points and 12 rebounds for a No. 4 Gators team that
swept every IAAM A Conference regular-season opponent and finished 26-6. After
being a role player on an exceptionally talented senior-laden team a year ago,
Valderas seized the opportunity to shine early this season when Gators point
guard Keisha Blackwell missed several games in December.
Valderas stepped up and carried the Gators, dominating the inside and
opening up the perimeter for her three-point-shooting teammates. She served
notice of her arrival early, scoring 27 points and grabbing 15 rebounds to
lead the Gators over Mercy in the championship game of Catonsville's Comet
Classic holiday tournament.