Mia Davis, St. Frances
For three years, Davis has been a powerhouse on the boards for the No. 1 Panthers, at times seeming much taller than her 6-foot frame.
Her teammates often made the flashier plays, but Davis was an overwhelming, consistent inside force, the centerpiece of St. Frances' drive to their second straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship, the No. 10 ranking in USA Today's Super 25 and the best record in program history (30-0).
Davis, who averaged 14.6 points and 10 rebounds, never had a bad game, and made important plays that didn't always get her into the headlines.
She had 13 points and eight rebounds in the 56-47 win over No. 2 McDonogh for the A Conference championship, but her seven first-quarter points kept the Panthers in the game when they trailed early. In the 75-74 overtime victory over National Christian in the regular-season finale, she led the Panthers with 21 points, including seven in the fourth quarter — keeping National Christian from winning in regulation.
"Mia Davis shows a supreme effort every time she plays. I think that's essentially who she is as a basketball player," St. Frances coach Jerome Shelton said. "She battles for every possession. Her toughness and her determination as a basketball player, I think, sets her apart from a lot of other players."
Davis, who played her freshman year at Dunbar, finished her high school career with 1,731 points and more than 1,000 rebounds. She has signed to play for Temple, where she plans to be a pre-medical major.
In college, Davis likely will convert to a small forward, where she can show her improved ball handling and perimeter shooting. The Panthers, however, had plenty of guards, so Davis continued to pound the boards and get a lot of baskets off extra chances.
"To me, it's the way she rebounds, and rebounding to me is a mentality," Roland Park coach Scott Buckley said. "She has good position, but more than that, she likes to go after the ball. There are a lot of rebounders who wait for the ball to come to them, but she doesn't. What makes St. Frances better is that they can take some chances on the offensive end and Mia can make up for some mistakes and give them second and third chances."
After taking the A Conference championship, Davis and the Panthers went on to win their first Bishop Walsh Girls Invitational Tournament since 2010, and Davis was named the Most Valuable Player.
Her stats might have been significantly higher this season if not for the addition of 6-2 All-Metro freshman Angel Reese, who gave the Panthers another strong rebounder.
Davis will try to finish her career with a national championship as she leads the Panthers into the four-team invitational DICK'S Sporting Goods High School Nationals March 30-April 1 in New York City.