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Girls basketball players to watch

Here are 10 players to watch as the high school girls' basketball season gets underway.

Nia Clouden

St. Frances, junior, guard

The 5-foot-7 point guard supported her high-scoring teammates much of last season, but she could take over a game when necessary. With her teammates in foul trouble against McDonogh, she scored 11 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter to spark a win. Clouden, an All-Metro first-teamer last winter, averaged 12.4 points and four assists.

Mia Davis

St. Frances, senior, forward

The area's top rebounder and an All-Metro first-team selection, the Temple-bound Davis dominated the boards in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference. Powerful when attacking the rim, the 5-11 forward also can handle the ball and hit from 3-point range. She averaged 17.6 points and 14 rebounds for the A Conference champions.

Mackenzie DeWees

Manchester Valley, junior, guard

The top player in Carroll County, the 5-9 DeWees is coming off shoulder surgery that sidelined her all summer, but she should once again be a threat to fill up the stat sheet after averaging 21.7 points, 7.4 steals and 12.7 rebounds, all of which led Carroll County. An All-Metro second-team pick last winter, she has committed to play for Quinnipiac.

Jasmine Dickey

Catonsville, junior, forward

Baltimore County's top player, the 5-10 Dickey led the Comets to their first county title in six years. She averaged 16.4 points and seven rebounds despite playing just five complete games because the Comets rolled over most opponents. She was an All-Metro first-team player last season and a second-teamer as a freshman.

Taleah Dixon

McDonogh, junior, guard

Coming off surgery to repair a torn ACL, the 5-9 Dixon is easing into a lineup in which she will be a leader for the young Eagles and likely boost her offensive output. Even though she had to play a lot of point guard last season to fill in for injured teammates, she had 19 double-doubles and averaged 11.9 points and 2.1 assists as well as 3.2 steals.

Chyna Latimer

Patterson Mill, senior, guard

A versatile 5-11 guard who plays big in big games, Latimer averaged 17.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals last season. She has improved her range and ball-handling to go with a solid mid-range game and the ability to slash to the hoop. Latimer, who has signed with George Washington, needs just 87 points to reach 1,000 for her career.

Rebecca Lee

Old Mill, senior, center

Lee, who has signed with Mount St. Mary's, missed the final seven games of last season with a torn ACL, but her inside dominance was key to Old Mill's season-opening 24-game winning streak. She averaged 11.2 points, 13.4 rebounds and 3.8 blocks. Lee, 6-1, scored 29 in an early win over North Point, the team the Patriots lost to without her in the regional final.

Makayla Pippin

Pallotti, junior, forward

The 6-1 Pippin transferred to Pallotti last season and immediately gave the Panthers a strong inside presence, averaging 16.2 points and 9.2 rebounds and earning second-team All-Metro honors. With multiple double-doubles as well as two blocks a game, she can change the momentum on either side of the court with one play.

Jasmen Walton

Western, junior, guard

An All-Metro second-team pick last season, the 6-0 Walton juggled many roles as one of the Doves' sparks, averaging 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and four assists. This winter, she won't have to handle the ball as much, which will free her to be an even bigger offensive threat both inside and out, where she has deep 3-point range.

Kiana Williams

Long Reach, junior, guard

The top player in Howard County and a second-team All-Metro selection last season, Williams, a 5-5 point guard, averaged 16.3 points and 6.1 rebounds. Her five steals and 4.5 assists led the county, and she tied for the scoring lead. She scored 21 points in an early 38-35 win over eventual Class 3A state champ Glenelg.

Other notables

Taylor Addison, Howard

Ja'lyn Armstrong, Institute of Notre Dame

Kayla Bacon, Seton Keough

Taysha Bender, Archbishop Spalding

Ny'ajs Bradford, Coppin Academy

Aniyah Carpenter, Roland Park

Alayshia Dailey, Old Mill

Caroline Duffy, Severna Park

Ryann Evans, Archbishop Spalding

Jess Foster, Glenelg

Jen Gast, Catonsville

Kolbi Green, McDonogh

Grace Griffin, Liberty

Jadia Jackson, Western

Kiarrah Jackson, St. Frances

Kaila Jennings, Seton Keough

Destiny Johnson, Western

Jeydah Johnson, Roland Park

Kayla Johnson, Annapolis

Jayce Klingenberg, Manchester Valley

Sam Lewis, Howard

Kayla Liles, McDonogh

Lily Loomis, Harford Christian

Molly McAleer, Maryvale

Khayla Mitchell, Patterson Mill

Raye Lyn Mulbrow, Meade

Makenzie Pollard, Milford Mill

Jewel Porter, Poly

Tiffani Rice, Northwestern

Kelly Simmons, Centennial

Savannah Simmons, John Carroll

Mary Price Suter, Notre Dame Prep

Lyric Swann, Long Reach

Jordan Wakefield, John Carroll

Brooke Worrell, Chesapeake-Anne Arundel

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