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Harford County All-Decade Girls Basketball

The Aberdeen girls basketball team celebrates their victory over River Hill to take the 2012 Class 3A state championship at UMBC.
The Aberdeen girls basketball team celebrates their victory over River Hill to take the 2012 Class 3A state championship at UMBC. (MATT BUTTON AEGIS STAFF / Homestead Publishing)

A look back at Harford County girls high school basketball over the past decade (2011-2020) could simply be captured by one word: AWESOME.

Over the 10-year period, Harford County teams won five state championships, in addition to a few near title misses in five other chances.

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Patterson Mill led the way with three titles, winning Class 2A titles in 2014 (22-4) and 2015 (21-5) to go along with adding a 1A title in 2017 (26-1). The Huskies were state semifinalists in 2012 and 2013 as well.

Aberdeen won Class 3A titles in back-to-back seasons, going 27-1 in 2012 and 23-1 in 2013. The Eagles were state finalists in 2011 and state semifinalists in 2019.

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In all, 11 region titles were won. Joppatowne was in the state semifinals in 2011 and C. Milton Wright was a state semifinalist in 2018.

Just prior to the start of the decade, Fallston won Class 2A state championships in 2009 and 2010 and Joppatowne was a 1A state champ in 2010.

TEAM OF THE DECADE

Aberdeen 2012 (27-1, 3A state champion)

The Aberdeen girls basketball team celebrated victory over River Hill in the 2012 Class 3A state championship game played at UMBC. It was the Eagles first state title in girls basketball.
The Aberdeen girls basketball team celebrated victory over River Hill in the 2012 Class 3A state championship game played at UMBC. It was the Eagles first state title in girls basketball. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Homestead Publishing)

One year after Aberdeen felt the disappointment of a state final loss, the Eagles roared back in 2012 to win the school’s first girls basketball state crown.

The Eagles posted a 27-1 mark en route to the Class 3A title, beating River Hill, 62-48, in the championship game.

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Aberdeen led early and held a 36-25 lead at the half. The lead grew to 16 points in the third quarter before the Eagles settled for the 14-point victory.

Brionna Jones, a junior center on the team, led the Eagles with 25 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. Senior guard Nia Alleyne added nine points.

PLAYER OF THE DECADE

Brionna Jones, Aberdeen (2013)

Aberdeen's Brionna Jones was named the All-Metro girls basketball player of the year in 2012.
Aberdeen's Brionna Jones was named the All-Metro girls basketball player of the year in 2012. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Jones was simply a force in the paint for the Aberdeen Eagles, averaging 23.5 points, 11.6 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game, respectively, through her junior season. Jones was All-Metro Player of the Year as a junior and named named First Team All-Metro by The Baltimore Sun as a sophomore and a junior.

Unfortunately, Jones suffered a season-ending knee injury (ACL) a month into her senior season. Jones, who scored 1,812 points in her high school career, would have easily passed 2,000 points — something not accomplished by any boy or girl playing for a Harford County Public School — had it not been for the injury.

Jones also pulled down over 1,000 career rebounds at Aberdeen.

She went on to have stellar career at the University of Maryland, which led to the retirement of her jersey (#42). It now hangs inside the Xfinity Center in College Park.

Jones is a member of the Connecticut Sun professional women’s basketball team that plays in the WNBA. She also plays professionally in the Czech Republic.

FIRST TEAM ALL DECADE

John Carroll's Savannah Simmons, left, reacts after getting fouled by Western's Jasmen Walton in a past game.
John Carroll's Savannah Simmons, left, reacts after getting fouled by Western's Jasmen Walton in a past game. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun)

Savannah Simmons, John Carroll (2018) Simmons, a guard, was a four-time All-Harford First Team selection and a three-time All-IAAM Conference pick. She averaged 13.4 points, 6.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game as a John Carroll senior. Simmons also averaged double-digit points in her junior and sophomore seasons. She scored over 1,000 points in her high school career and added over 500 assists.

Simmons is a junior at Kanas State University where she plays basketball.

Patterson Mill's Qalea Ismail scored well over 1,000 points in her career as member of the Huskies.
Patterson Mill's Qalea Ismail scored well over 1,000 points in her career as member of the Huskies. (Kenneth K. Lam, The Baltimore Sun)

Qalea Ismail, Patterson Mill (2015). Ismail, who played guard for the Huskies, scored 1,758 career points — the most by any girl or boy at Patterson Mill. She also had 752 career rebounds. In her senior year with the Huskies, she averaged 21 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Ismail helped lead the Huskies to four regional championships and two state championships. A McDonald’s All-American nominee in 2015, she was a two-time First Team All-Metro pick in the Baltimore Sun and a second team All-Metro selection as a sophomore. She also was a four-time All-UCBAC and All-Harford selection.

Ismail attended and played four years of basketball at Princeton University, graduating in 2019. Unfortunately, Ismail suffered ACL tears in both knees during her time at Princeton. The latter happening the night before her senior night, which changed her plans to play another year.

Aberdeen's Jimmia McCluskey gets the ball and drives up the court during the 2012 state final game against River Hill.
Aberdeen's Jimmia McCluskey gets the ball and drives up the court during the 2012 state final game against River Hill. (MATT BUTTON AEGIS STAFF / Patuxent Homestead)

Jimmia McCluskey, Aberdeen (2013) McCluskey was a tenacious guard for the Eagles and a major reason Aberdeen played in three straight state title games, winning two.

McCluskey wasn’t a big scorer throughout her career at Aberdeen, but her aggressive style of play led to many points for teammates.

McCluskey earned four letters in basketball at Aberdeen and she also earned four letters in volleyball and track and field.

McCluskey attended Temple University where she starred in indoor and outdoor track and field. McCluskey is currently a special educator at Aberdeen High School, where she also is Aberdeen’s girls varsity basketball head coach.

Patterson Mill's Chyna Latimer drives to the basket during a Class 1A state semifinal game in Towson.
Patterson Mill's Chyna Latimer drives to the basket during a Class 1A state semifinal game in Towson. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun)

Chyna Latimer, Patterson Mill (2017). Latimer, a forward, was a member of all three Patterson Mill state championship teams. She scored 1,494 career points and helped lead the Huskies to an 84-16 record in her four years at Patterson Mill. Latimer was a two-time All-State selection.

Latimer signed and played basketball two years at George Washington University, but has since transferred and is a redshirt junior member of the women’s basketball team at the University of Delaware.

Aberdeen head coach Amber Milnes, left, stands with player Stephanie Jones after Jones scored her 1,000th point in the first quarter of Tuesday night's game against Severna Park at Aberdeen.
Aberdeen head coach Amber Milnes, left, stands with player Stephanie Jones after Jones scored her 1,000th point in the first quarter of Tuesday night's game against Severna Park at Aberdeen. (MATT BUTTON AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Stephanie Jones, Aberdeen (2016) Jones was a versatile forward for the Eagles, averaging 28.4 points, 12 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 3.7 steals and two blocks per game as a senior, before, like sister Brionna, tearing an ACL a month into that final season.

Jones averaged 19.5 points and 12 rebounds as a junior. She scored 1,680 points up until the injury and would have likely passed the career number (1,812) posted by her sister Brionna before her injury.

Jones scored 46 points in a game during her sophomore season and she was a four-time All-Harford First Team selection.

Jones closed out a fine career with University of Maryland last Spring and now plays professionally in Poland.

Patterson Mill's Sam Herman drives down the court during a Class 2A State Championship game in Towson.
Patterson Mill's Sam Herman drives down the court during a Class 2A State Championship game in Towson. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Sam Herman, Patterson Mill (2015). Herman was the floor general for the Huskies, who won two state titles with her running the point. Herman averaged 9.8 and 8.9 points per game, her junior and senior seasons, respectively.

She averaged close to five steals and five assists per game over her four varsity seasons at Patterson Mill.

Herman was a three-time All-Harford First Team selection.

She was also a star lacrosse player, taking her talents to High Point University, were she had a record-breaking career. Currently, Herman is an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at the University of Hartford.

Fallston's Rachael Holehouse looks to make the pass during Monday night's regional playoff game at Joppatowne, won by Joppatowne, 55-53. Holehouse scored a game high 21 points in the final contest of a brilliant four-year career in which she scored more than 1,000 points and started on two state championship teams.
Fallston's Rachael Holehouse looks to make the pass during Monday night's regional playoff game at Joppatowne, won by Joppatowne, 55-53. Holehouse scored a game high 21 points in the final contest of a brilliant four-year career in which she scored more than 1,000 points and started on two state championship teams. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Patuxent Homestead)

Rachael Holehouse, Fallston (2012) Holehouse was a steady guard for the Cougars for four years, including helping lead the Cougars to consecutive 2A state titles in 2009 and 2010. Her stellar play continued over her final two seasons, which led to her scoring more than 1,000 points in her career.

Holehouse, a dynamic volleyball player, took her skills to Palm Beach Atlantic University where she had a very rewarding career. She also played two seasons of basketball in college.

All-Decade Teams by school with position and graduation year

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Aberdeen

Brionna Jones, C, 2013

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Jimmia McCluskey, G, 2013

Stephanie Jones, G, 2016

Nazje Norton, G, 2016

Kierra Palmer, G, 2016

Jaelyne DeVeaux, G, 2019

Bel Air

Connor Hanley, F, 2013

Renie Tsomos, G, 2015

Elizabeth Hillman, G, 2018

Anna Puntanen, G, 2016

Maggi Hall, G, 2020

Bailey Springer, F, 2019

C. Milton Wright

Emma Hahner, F, 2016

Ayreka Browning, G, 2018

Moriah Snyder, G, 2018

Sydney Bukowski, F, 2018

Abby Smucker, G, 2013

Maddie Nimmo, G, 2022

Edgewood

Kebrina Johnson, F. 2011

Breanna Humbles, F, 2017

Jade Hatcher, F, 2014

Shania Stamper, G, 2014

Skylar Lewis, G, 2020

Janice Rodriguez, G, 2022

Fallston

Rachael Holehouse, G, 2012

Kelly Mattingly, G, 2011

Logan Gasior, G, 2015

Angelica Quintero, F, 2018

Jillian Crawford, G, 2022

Chantel Curry, G, 2021

Harford Tech

Allanah Galloway, F, 2011

Maria Kalambihis, F, 2011

Jonna Maddox, G, 2017

Asha Thomas, G, 2019

Alexa Baldwin, G, 2021

Kaitlyn Thacker, F, 2021

Havre de Grace

Kayla Sumpter, G, 2019

Addie Richardson, G, 2015

Hannah Koop, F, 2020

Naje Dixon, G, 2016

Dachelle Johnson, F, 2017

Tamia Clark, F, 2020

Joppatowne

Zameria Jones, G, 2011

TroiQuay Malloy, G, 2012

Shakara Head, F, 2012

Shawkina Mulizam, G, 2018

Lakiah Huff, F, 2012

Ki’Yah Whitley, G, 2020

North Harford

Sarah heaps, G, 2012

Jessica Smith, F, 2019

Alison Bufano, G, 2019

Morgan Knox, G, 2013

Annie Wernig, G, 2016

Allison Whitacre, G, 2014

Patterson Mill

Sam Herman, G, 2015

Qalea Ismail, G, 2015

Chyna Latimer, F, 2017

Khayla Mitchell, G, 2017

Lucie Passwater, C, 2018

Morgan Golec, F, 2013

John Carroll

Ashley Hunter, C, 2015

Savannah Simmons, G, 2018

Branyelle Carillo, F, 2018

Nicole Hunter, C, 2018

Emily Soller, C, 2012

Jordan Wakefield, F, 2019

Harford Christian

Lily Loomis, G, 2017

Madeline Purdy, C, 2017

Chloe Akers, G, 2014

Crystal Kline, F, 2017

Grace Humes, G, 2016

Emily Dodson, G, 2012

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