Player of the Year
Chandrea Jones Institute of Notre Dame, senior
From the moment Jones stepped on the court at IND as a freshman, she seemed destined to rewrite the school's record book.
She debuted with a 31-point game and, four years later, leaves a 2,252-point legacy at the East Baltimore Catholic school.
Not only did Jones smash the school scoring record, but she landed fifth on the metro area's all-time scoring list.
A two-time All-Baltimore City Player of the Year and four-time All-Metro first-team pick, Jones averaged 23.3 points this season and 21.4 points for her career.
A fluid, 5-foot-9 guard with exceptional moves to the basket, Jones could take a defender off the dribble for a layup, spin off a defender for a short jumper or pull up for an NBA-range three-pointer.
"Even if you have a comfortable margin, she can light the board up real quick," said St. Frances coach Jerome Shelton.
"She's an extremely intelligent basketball player. She knows how to draw fouls, she reads game situations very well and she knows how to use her abilities to make her teammates better."
In leading the No. 7 Indians (21-5) to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference final, Jones also averaged 12.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists. She had 20 double doubles and a pair of triple doubles.
Throughout her career, Jones proved to be much more than a scorer. An unselfish player, she wasn't a vocal leader, but always led by example.
"Over the years she's just developed into a complete player," said IND coach Herb Hoelter. "She sees the floor and runs the floor as well as anybody I've ever seen or coached at a high school level, and her maturity on the court allowed us to rely heavily on her in clutch situations."
Coach of the Year
DeToiya McAliley Milford Mill
All eight of Milford Mill's trips to the state tournament have had a common denominator - McAliley.
She played on the 1993 team that was the first to reach the state final four, and she coached the junior varsity and assisted coach Pam Wright with the six teams that made it to the state title game between 1998 and 2003.
This year, she took over the team when Wright moved to New Town and McAliley guided the No. 1 Millers (23-3) to their first state championship. Not only did the Millers win, but they knocked off unbeaten and No. 1 River Hill, 68-59, in the semifinals.
The Millers went on to beat Paint Branch, a Montgomery County team ranked fifth in The Washington Post, 57-48, in the final.
"Our program gained a lot of respect," said McAliley, 29. "Everybody talked about how we were always going to the big game but never won. Teams in Prince George's and Montgomery county felt if they played us in the championship, they would win."
For McAliley, everything began with defense.
"I always thought Milford Mill had outstanding players," said McAliley. "My philosophy is defense comes first, because as a player that's what got me in the game - defense. Everybody knows they can score, but it was the defense we were missing and the inside game, not necessarily scoring so much, but the interior defense."
The Millers' pressure defense made the difference in both games in the state tournament, as Milford Mill rallied from 15 points down to beat River Hill and nine points down to beat Paint Branch.
Keisha Eaddy River Hill, junior
Eaddy provided the Hawks with the spark to reach the state semifinals for the first time in school history.
Specializing in high-octane offense and low-fault defense, Eaddy led Howard County in scoring (21.8 points per game), and steals (9.3). She also averaged 6.1 rebounds and 4.3 steals for the Hawks, who went unbeaten in Howard County.
The 5-foot-6 guard proved too quick for most defenders to handle, making explosive moves to the basket or whipping thread-the-needle passes to her teammates. She could also pull up and hit a three-pointer.
A junior, the Howard County Player of the Year already has scored 1,053 career points. She holds Hawks records for single-season assists (112) and steals (243) as well as career steals (450).
Brittany Gordon River Hill, senior
The area's most dominant post player powered the Hawks to the biggest win in school history with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the 69-55 regional final victory over three-time defending Class 3A state champ Gwynn Park.
Gordon, a 6-foot-4 senior center, averaged 19.6 points and 12.7 rebounds. With good moves inside, Gordon scored 1,224 career points, second on the Hawks' all-time list. Her 967 career rebounds are a school record.
In addition to her offense, Gordon proved essential on defense. She was quick under the basket, blocking 125 shots and altering many others. Her reach and timing on the block often intimidated opponents.
A four-year starter and a second-team All-Metro pick last season, Gordon has signed with Delaware.
Mi-Khida Hankins St. Frances, sophomore
The sophomore forward stepped into the No. 2 Panthers' starting lineup and took over their inside game like a seasoned veteran.
A lithe 6-foot-1, Hankins could post up smaller players or take bigger girls off the dribble, emerging as the latest in a long line of Panthers All-Metro go-to players. She also showed off a smooth mid-range jump shot.
Hankins, the most consistent offensive threat for the young Panthers, scored 12 points in the 68-52 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship victory over the Institute of Notre Dame.
She scored in double figures every game and had a pair of 23-point efforts. She averaged 14 points and nine rebounds as the Panthers won their third straight A Conference crown.
Chelsea Jeter Milford Mill, senior
Without Jeter's inside game, the Millers would not be celebrating their first Class 3A state title and No. 1 ranking. The senior forward picked up her game to compensate for injuries that often sidelined the Millers' post players.
With a slim 5-foot-10 frame, Jeter used her athleticism and leaping ability to handle taller post players in the final against Paint Branch and in the semifinal upset of No. 1 River Hill. Jeter also played a key role at the end of the press, making steals to start the Millers running.
In the state final, Jeter came within a steal of a triple double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. She averaged a double double - 19 points and 11 rebounds - as well as 4.2 steals, 2.3 assists and 1.2 blocks.
Jeter scored 1,051 career points.
Brittany Mallory McDonogh, sophomore
Facing the 5-foot-10 guard meant matchup problems for most opponents. Mallory played the two-guard position, but she could also run the point or play the post.
The cornerstone of the No. 10 Eagles' 16-0 start and their drive to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals, Mallory averaged 20.1 points per game. The sophomore also contributed 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
In addition to her quick drive to the basket, she also hit 52 three-pointers.
She complemented her offense with a stingy defensive game, as she often was called on to guard the opposition's best offensive player. Her athleticism and anticipation helped her average 4.6 steals, and her court sense and ability to run the floor helped her convert most of those steals into a basket or an assist.
Alex McGuire Arundel, senior
The senior combined an intense work ethic with a stellar all-around game to finish her career as a three-time All-Metro first-team selection and a three-time Anne Arundel County Player of the Year. McGuire, who led the Wildcats to the Class 4A state title a year ago, was the driving force behind a team that spent most of this season ranked No. 1 before falling in the regional final.
The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 22.5 points per game. She set the school record for scoring last year and finished with 2,086 points, ranking her sixth on the metro area's all-time scoring list.
She also averaged five rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.4 steals this season. McGuire has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Sarah Meisenberg Severn, senior
A second-team All-Metro selection last season, the Admirals' guard continued to be one of the area's steadiest players. The 5-foot-6 senior often got the better of more athletic opponents with her fundamentally sound game and scrappy play. Few players could match her work ethic.
She polished off her career with 36 points and hit 16 of 18 free throws in leading the Admirals to their second straight B Conference crown.
Meisenberg averaged 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and shot 51.2 percent from the field.
She amassed 1,764 career points to finish fifth on the all-time Anne Arundel County scoring list.
Meisenberg will play next season at Franklin & Marshall College, which she will attend on an academic scholarship.
Mercedes Robinson St. Paul's, senior
The 6-foot senior center did a little bit of everything for the No. 7 Gators, who reached the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals in their first season up from the B Conference.
Robinson could dominate the post as well as bring the ball up against pressure or hit a three-pointer.
She led the Gators with 15.6 points and 13.1 rebounds per game, and finished as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,062 points.
The Baltimore County Player of the Year scored 19 points in the A Conference semifinal loss to eventual champ St. Frances and hit a key pair of three pointers in a midseason win over then-unbeaten McDonogh.
Robinson will play next season at Davidson.
Brittney Taylor Woodlawn, senior
A three-time All-Metro selection, Taylor led the Warriors to their third straight Baltimore County crown.
Fiercely driven and exceptionally quick, the 5-foot-7 senior guard again showed her ability to take over a game, orchestrating yet another improbable postseason victory.
After pulling the Warriors through two close state semifinal games in previous years, Taylor provided the defensive spark to rally Woodlawn from 16 points down with seven minutes left to beat Lansdowne, 54-53, in the county final. She had 10 steals and scored the game-winning basket.
She averaged 13.4 points, 8.4 steals and 10.6 assists, and holds school records for career assists (1,071) and steals (892). Her 1,385 career points are second on the Warrior's all-time list.
Amanda Andrews, Fallston, senior, guard
Bri Gauthier, St. Mary's, senior, guard
Stacy Hunt, South River, senior, guard
Maya Newman, St. Frances, junior, guard
Sieara Saunders, Winters Mill, junior, guard
Shawna Scott, Milford Mill, senior, guard
Sandy Wasserbach, Catonsville, senior, guard
Zhondria Benn, Western, junior, forward
Mariame Djouara, St. Timothy's, junior, forward
Sheree Ledbetter, Southside, sophomore, forward
Note: Teams selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun