Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Jade Scaife, Archbishop Spalding, senior, forward

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Jade Scaife

Archbishop Spalding, senior, forward

The toughest player to defend on the No. 1 team, Scaife led the Cavaliers to a 29-2 record and the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship.

"She rose to the occasion in the biggest games," Archbishop Spalding coach Bookie Rosemond said.

The 6-foot forward averaged 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds and had 18 double doubles. She had 28 points and 18 rebounds in a double-overtime win, 70-57, over nationally ranked Riverdale Baptist. In the 55-46 victory over No. 3 McDonogh in the A Conference title game, she scored 12 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter.

"She was just a dominating inside presence we couldn't defend," McDonogh coach Brad Rees said. "I felt she really improved her post play and just took over games at times."

Scaife, who played two years at Bishop McNamara before transferring to Spalding, finished her career with more than 1,000 points and more than 1,000 rebounds.

She will don a Cavaliers uniform once more before heading to North Carolina-Greensboro when Spalding plays in the National High School Invitational on April 4-6 at Georgetown Prep.

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