Manchester Valley senior Bo Schene talks about how he worked on his game in the offseason.
Not many players can get up and down the court as quickly as Manchester Valley’s Bo Schene.
Hereford coach Jim Rhoads saw that firsthand when he scouted the Mavericks against Owings Mills in early December. Rhoads came away astonished with a play he watched the senior guard execute.
“I have probably only seen that once in 16 years as a head coach,” Rhoads said. “He was behind a group of players, had the ball in his hands, dribbled down the middle of the court and blew right past everybody — like seven or eight guys. His guys and theirs. He is that fast.”
Schene scored a career-high 33 points against Owings Mills that night.
Coaches and players see the transition game as Schene’s biggest asset, which isn’t too surprising considering a stellar track and field background that includes him winning the 800 meters three times as a sophomore running for North Carroll. Schene said he’s contemplating joining the Mavericks’ outdoor track team this spring.
These days, though, he’s more focused basketball, a sport he’d like to play in college because he has already been recruited by McDaniel and Goucher. Whether he plays basketball at the next level, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Schene has set some lofty goals this winter.
“I’d like to lead the county in scoring, win Player of the Year, and get 1,000 points,” said Schene, who has 833 points in a three-year varsity career.
Schene added he understands he must have an exceptional season if those objectives are to be reached.
The Mavericks need plenty of points from him, since they graduated three of their four leading scorers from last season (Chandler Breeden, Ryan Gerber, Brandon Kirby) while returning only a few varsity performers other than Schene — Dayne Koontz, Damian Luddy, and Justin Shipley.
Schene has been the focal point of Manchester Valley’s offense and a huge bright spot for the Mavericks, who went 8-15 last year and are still searching for their first win of this season (0-7, 0-3 county).
“We graduated six seniors,” Schene said. “We lost a lot of offensive threats and that’s hard to replace. I feel I have to do the majority of the scoring. I don’t feel pressure.
“I just feel like I need to be on my game,” he added. “If I am making shots, and can start off hot, everybody else will follow. I feel at some points of the game, I have to take over.”
Schene showed at North Carroll as a sophomore that he was well on his way to a standout high school career by averaging 12.8 points that season and posting a season-high 26 points — including six 3-pointers — in a victory over Westminster.
His first season at Manchester Valley was even better.
He averaged 18.4 points per outing to rank third in the county behind Century’s Zach Tucker (24.2) and Winters Mill’s Tre Woodyard (20.8), en route to a Times first-team all-county selection. Schene even notched a season-high 31 points in a Manchester Valley holiday tournament victory over Hereford.
“Bo is a heck of a player, and I’m impressed with the variety of shots that he can make,” said Rhoads, who saw Schene help the Mavericks beat his team twice last season. “He can also really handle the ball and run. He gets a lot of breakaway layups.”
Schene is off to another great start this season, averaging 20.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists. His points per game leads Carroll County.
He said he worked harder than ever in the offseason to elevate his game, and focused heavily on his shooting.
“My improved jump shot makes me more of a threat on the court,” Schene said. “That’s from anywhere — mid-range, 3-point or in-close. If you are hitting your jump shot, it gives you confidence throughout the entire game.”
Man Valley coach Bernie Koontz said Schene has improved more than just his perimeter game.
“I think he is seeing the floor better and working on finding his teammates more than he has in the past,” the coach said. “His defense has gotten better, too.”
Koontz said he likes the strides he’s seen from Schene in several areas, but he values his leadership skills just as much with the new varsity players. Schene serves a team co-captain along with Shipley.
“He is doing a good job of being a leader,” Koontz said. “He is making sure we communicate with the younger players. I think he is more vocal this year. Last year, he was more of a leader by example.”
Schene said he didn’t have to speak up that much last year.