Melissa Cuneo, Set. Keough, Sr., G-F On a team that lost its starting frontcourt from last season to graduation, Cuneo emerged as the Gators' most complete player. A guard-forward, Cuneo averaged 14.2 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Catholic League champions. She also led the Gators with 35 blocked shots. "If someone stopped her from scoring, she picked up her game and contributed more in other areas," coach Trish Cook said. Cuneo is being recruited by Towson State and Mount St. Mary's.
Mia Dammen, Oakland Mills, Sr., G Stealing the ball and taking it in for a layup was Dammen's forte. She led the Scorpions in scoring (17.4), steals (11.0) and assists (6.1), as Oakland Mills made it to the Class 3A state championship game. Coach Teresa Waters estimated that Dammen, a second-team pick last season, scored 80 percent of her points off steals. Dammen, who is also a two-time All-Metro soccer player, carries a 3.89 grade-point average and said she
hopes to play both sports at Brown.
Kelly Evans, Western, So., F Playing on the same team as Dana Johnson and Kisha Ford, Evans sometimes was overshadowed. But when Johnson or Ford had an off game, Evans was there to pick up the slack. Evans, who averaged 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds, was a scoring threat from outside or inside. "She is a very disciplined and smart player, and she is becoming an excellent shooter," coach Breezy Bishop said. "She has all the tools to be a top-notch Division I player."
Kisha Ford, Western, So., F A first-team pick last season, Ford may have the most raw talent any area player. She averaged 18.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.3 steals. Ford has excellent shooting range, and may be the area's best one-on-one player. "The one thing I can attribute to helping her with is that I've made her a better defensive player," coach Breezy Bishop said. "Her offensive moves, no one can teach." Bishop also cited Ford's court vision and passing ability as assets.
Kristi Greer, Howard, Sr., G As she did last season, Greer led the Lions in the major categories, averaging 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists. She also averaged 3.7 steals and blocked 22 shots for Howard, which made it to the Class 3A, Region I final. A first-team pick last season, Greer finished as Howard's all-time leading scorer (1,298 points). "What I'll miss most about her is the leadership she provided for three years," coach Craig O'Connell said. Greer is being recruited by American, Providence, Niagara and St. Peter's.
Stacy Himes, Old Mill, So., G-F Himes was perhaps the area's most versatile player. She could play either guard or forward, and she was a good ballhandler and shooter. Himes was also a strong rebounder and a good defensive player. She averaged 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 4.0 assists and 2.0 blocked shots for the Class 4A state champions. "Her biggest asset is her ability to do just about everything there is to do on a basketball court and do it well," coach Pat Chance said.
Andrea Macey, Broadneck, Sr., C The lone returning starter from two-time defending Class 4A state champion Broadneck, Macey led the team in scoring (13.2) and rebounding (10.1), and she provided leadership for the younger players. Macey shot 57 percent from the field and 71 percent from the foul line. "Her biggest asset is that she likes contact," coach Bruce Springer said. Springer also said Macey is quick, and runs the court well for a 6-footer. Macey is being recruited by Seton Hall, Mount St. Mary's, Niagara, Marist, Hartford, East Tennessee State and North Carolina-Greensboro.
Erica McCauley, Mount Hebron, So., G With McCauley at point guard, coach Dave Greenberg said he was confident that his team would get off a shot on every 'D possession. She led the Vikings in assists (4.8) and fewest turnovers (2.2), as well as scoring (15.5) and steals (5.0). McCauley shot 44 percent from three-point range and 46 percent overall, as Mount Hebron won its second consecutive Class 2A state title. Although only 5 feet 1, McCauley also averaged 3.5 rebounds. "She sees the floor tremendously. She does so many things well, and she makes so few mistakes," Greenberg said.
Stephanie Rohe, Mercy, Jr., G Rohe emerged as the Catholic League's top player this season, averaging 22.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 steals. Coach Mary Ella Marion cited Rohe's ability to drive in the lane and pull up for a shot as Rohe's biggest strength. Rohe was named MVP of the Noel Classic, where she scored 84 points in three games, six points shy of the tournament record. She scored a season-high 34 against North County in the tournament. Rohe has scored 1,116 points in three seasons.
Girls Player of the Year
Dana Johnson, Western, Sr., C
Johnson, The Sun's Player of the Year, has earned recognition as one of the top players in the nation. She was unstoppable inside, and averaged 22.8 points, 21.0 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots, as she led Western to a second straight No. 1 ranking. A first-team pick last season, Johnson was selected as a Parade first-team All-American and a Street & Smith's preseason All-American. Johnson, who will attend Tennessee in the fall, was XTC also one of five players picked by a group of women's college coaches asked to select an All-America team for 1995 by Sports Illustrated. Johnson, the Gatorade Circle of Champions Maryland Player of the Year, was named MVP in all three tournaments in which Western participated this season.
Girls Coach of the Year
Pat Chance, Old Mill
Last season, Chance decided to go with a youth movement, after she had endured the school's first losing season the year before. The youth movement produced instant results. Last season, Old Mill made it to within one game of the Class 4A state semifinals, and, this season, the Patriots won the state title, with a team comprised of six sophomores -- three starters -- five juniors and two seniors. "We stressed fundamentals," said Chance, who also led Old Mill to a state title in 1986. "We figured any offense can work if the kids can dribble, shoot and pass, and any defense can work if they play good defense and they're quick." Chance, who spent her first three seasons at Glen Burnie, has a 303-120 career record in 19 seasons.
Name.. .. .. .. .. ..School.. .. .. Ht.. Year.. Pos.
First team Melissa Cuneo.. .. ..Seton Keough.. 5-9.. ..Sr.. ..G-F
Mia Dammen.. .. .. ..Oakland Mills..5-9.. ..Sr.. .. .G
Kelly Evans.. .. .. .Western.. .. ..6-1.. ..Sr.. .. .F
Kisha Ford.. .. .. ..Western.. .. ..6-0.. ..So.. .. .F
Kristi Greer.. .. ...Howard.. .. ...5-7.. ..Sr.. .. .G
Stacy Himes.. .. .. .Old Mill.. .. .5-9.. ..So.. ..G-F
Dana Johnson.. .. ...Western.. .. ..6-2.. ..Sr.. .. .C
Andrea Macey.. .. ...Broadneck.. ...6-0.. ..Sr. .. ..C
Erica McCauley.. .. .Mount Hebron.. 5-1.. ..So.. .. .G
Stephanie Rohe.. .. .Mercy.. .. .. .5-4.. ..Jr.. .. .G
Second team Sonia Chase.. .. .. .McDonogh.. .. .5-10.. .Fr.. .. .G
Christy Dial.. .. ...Loch Raven.. ..5-4.. ..Sr.. .. .G
Randall Goldsborough.St. Mary's.. ..5-6.. ..Jr.. .. .G
Stephanie Lazor.. ...Northeast.. ...5-11.. .Sr.. .. .F
Yetisha Mackey.. .. .Lake Clifton...5-7.. ..Sr.. .. .G
Yolanda Matthews.. ..Milford Mill...5-7.. ..So.. .. .G
Glenda Major.. .. ...Woodlawn.. .. .5-8.. ..Jr.. .. .G
Kim Miller.. .. .. ..North County...6-0.. ..Sr.. .. .C
Donna Parker.. .. ...Arundel.. .. ..5-9.. ..Sr.. .. .G
Melanie Vogel.. .. ..IND.. .. .. ...5-7.. ..Jr.. .. .G
Player of the Year: Dana Johnson, Western
Coach of the Year: Pat Chance, Old Mill
Anne Arundel County 4A Stacy Himes, Old Mill, So.; Renita Johnson, North County, Jr.; Andrea Macey, Broadneck, Sr.; Kim Miller, North County, Sr.; Donna Parker, Arundel, Sr. Player of the Year: Stacy Himes, Old
Mill. Coach of the Year: Pat Chance, Old Mill.
Anne Arundel County 2A-1A Talaya Barnett, Southern, Jr.; Debbie Dadds, Northeast, Jr.; Stephanie Lazor, Northeast, Sr.; Lindee Sisk, Southern, Jr.; Kim Smith, Southern, Jr. Player of the Year: Stephanie Lazor, Northeast. Coach of the Year: Calvin Vain, Northeast.
Association of Independent Schools Sonia Chase, McDonogh, Fr.; Monique Pitts, Roland Park, Sr.; Alexandra Stuehler, Bryn Mawr, Sr.; Julie Szymanski, Bryn Mawr, So.; Suzanne Weinberg, Severn, Sr. Player of the Year: Sonia Chase, McDonogh. Coach of the Year: Becky Clark, McDonogh.
Baltimore County 3A-4A Laurie Bender, Parkville, Sr.; Kim Davis, Woodlawn, Sr.; Amy Evans, Catonsville, Sr.; Erin Graham, Woodlawn, Jr.; Glenda Major, Woodlawn, Jr. Player of the Year: Glenda Major, Woodlawn. Coach of the Year: Dennis Quinby, Catonsville.
Baltimore County 1A-2A Leslie Dean, Loch Raven, Sr. Christy Dial, Loch Raven, Sr.; Yolanda Matthews, Milford Mill, So. Jill Ross, Towson, Sr.; Brandi Standridge, Towson, Jr. Player of the Year: Christy Dial, Loch Raven. Coach of the Year: Bev Snyder, Towson.
Carroll County Lisa Brown, Westminster, Sr. Kelly Clutter, South Carroll, Sr.; Kelly Foreman, Liberty, Jr.; Lisa Garland, North Carroll, Sr.; Cincy Leeds, Liberty, Sr. Player of the Year: Kelly Foreman, Liberty. Coach of the Year: Tom DeLise, Liberty.
Catholic League Melissa Cuneo, Seton Keough, Sr.; Randall Goldsborough, St. Mary's, Jr.; Stephanie Rohe, Mercy, Jr.; Shelly Tibbo, Mount de Sales, Sr.; Melanie Vogel, IND, Jr. Player of the Year: Stephanie Rohe, Mercy. Coach of the Year: Trish Cook, Seton Keough.
Kelly Evans, Western, So.; Tina Fauntleroy, Walbrook, So.; Kisha Ford, Western, So.; Dana Johnson, Western, Sr.; Yetisha Mackey, Lake Clifton, Sr. Player of the Year: Dana Johnson, Western. Coach of the Year: James Monroe, Lake Clifton.
Harford County Dawn St. Clair, Bel Air, Sr.; Carie James, N. Harford, Jr.; Thori Staples, Joppatowne, Jr.; Tracy Thompson, N. Harford, Sr.; Lisa Thomas, Bel Air, So. Player of the Year: Carie James, North Harford. Coach of the Year: Lin James, North Harford.
Howard County Christine Copeland, Oakland Mills, Sr.; Mia Dammen, Oakland Mills, Sr.; Andrea Day, Mount Hebron, Sr.; Kristi Greer, Howard, Sr.; Erica McCauley, Mount Hebron, So. Player of the Year: Erica McCauley, Mount Hebron. Coach of the Year: Craig O'Connell, Howard.
How teams were picked
The Sun's All-Metro and All-League boys and girls basketball teams were selected by Sam Davis and Kevin Eck through game observations and after consulting with area high school coaches.