When Kisha Ford enrolled at Western as a freshman, followers of local girls basketball were buzzing about her even before she had played her first game.
Because of her reputation on Amateur Athletic Union teams and in youth leagues, Ford was touted as a player with awesome talent and unlimited potential.
On Feb. 27, Ford -- who transferred to Bryn Mawr after her sophomore year -- played her final high school game.
Did she live up to the lofty expectations?
A quick review of her accomplishments answers the question affirmatively.
During her two years at Western, she was a key member of the Doves' nationally ranked team that went 52-1 and won two City-Wide and Metro Classic championships.
At Bryn Mawr, Ford led the Mawrtians to two undefeated runs during the Association of Independent Schools regular season and the AIS tournament title this season.
She's a four-time All-Metro selection by The Baltimore Sun, is a Street & Smith's honorable-mention All-American and recently was named to the Kodak All-America team.
Ford, who is headed to Georgia Tech on a basketball scholarship next fall, is also The Baltimore Sun's 1992-93 Baltimore City Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
She capped a four-year career by averaging 21.5 points -- third in the area -- and 13.3 rebounds.
In addition to leading her team in those two categories, she was also Bryn Mawr's best ballhandler and defensive player.
Her one-on-one moves are unparalleled, and this season she improved her shooting range.
"She's an extraordinary player," Bryn Mawr coach Pat Becker said. "She has raised the level of play in the AIS and given it a lot of credibility in basketball."
Becker said she also was impressed with the way Ford meshed with her teammates, whose skill levels were not on a par with Ford's.
"Kisha managed at all times to bring the level of the players around her up, rather than getting frustrated or taking it all on her own," Becker said. "She was consistently a team player. She didn't want to play the game alone. She just wanted to play it well."
And she did. About as well as those who saw her play before high school had predicted.