GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
St. Frances, junior
No one could match the athleticism and quickness or the overall impact of the Panthers' multitalented 6-foot-1 forward/center. With her quickness, soaring leap and tenacity, McCoughtry led the No. 1 Panthers (26-2) to their second Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship in three years.
McCoughtry, who had two triple doubles this season, could change a game with her offensive or defensive skills. Even on the few occasions when she struggled with her offense, she still pounded inside for rebounds and wreaked havoc on defense.
McCoughtry averaged 14.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.2 steals to lead the Panthers to a sweep of every A Conference opponent. In the 48-32 championship victory over the No. 4 Institute of Notre Dame, she scored only six points but made up for her effort with 10 rebounds, four steals and terrific defense.
GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR
Bring back two top-notch players and a host of role players looking to move up, and then add three high-caliber transfers to the mix - that could be a recipe for a difficult season.
At St. Frances, however, Shelton folded all of those ingredients into a rare wire-to-wire run as the area's No. 1 team. Not only did the Panthers (26-2) win the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament, but they did not lose to a single conference foe all season.
"Our theme this year was 'Excellence Together,' " Shelton said. "We try to get people to focus on sacrificing some points and some minutes for wins and everyone bought into that."
Shelton, also The Sun's 1992-93 Baltimore City/County Coach of the Year, has guided the Panthers to four league titles - two in the past three years in the IAAM A Conference and two previously in the Catholic League.
GIRLS FIRST TEAM
Bryn Mawr, junior
The 6-foot-1 forward drew a lot of attention from opposing defenses, but still managed to lead the IAAM A Conference in scoring and rebounding. The repeat first-team pick averaged 18.1 points and 12.3 rebounds. Tough to match up with inside, Dodrill added to her solid post game by putting the ball on the floor more and expanding her range.
The leading scorer in the metro area, Hughes came back after suffering a broken jaw in December to average 26.8 points. The 5-foot-9 swing player led a young No. 11 Doves team (21-5) to a stunning turnaround in the Baltimore City league with her versatile game, confidence and fiery determination. She rallied the Doves from a 43-point regular-season loss to Dunbar to a 59-55 victory for the city title.
An All-Metro selection as a freshman, Jones didn't skip a beat. The 5-9 guard drew a lot more defensive attention, but she responded with a 16.1-point average to lead the No. 4 Indians (21-7) to the IAAM A Conference championship game. Jones became more aggressive on the boards, averaging eight rebounds, and boosted her assists to 3.5 points a game.
The second-leading scorer in the metro area did a little bit of everything for a young team that finished 12-10. A 5-foot-8 forward/guard, Jones averaged 24 points, 16.6 rebounds, 3.1 steals, 2.7 assists and 2.3 blocks. She proved a versatile offensive player who could penetrate or hit from three-point range, shooting 53 percent from the field. In the season-ending 95-58 regional playoff loss to No. 2 Woodlawn, Jones scored 27 points.
Roland Park, junior
An athletic 6-foot guard, Kell proved difficult to defend. She could shoot from outside, hitting 25 three-pointers, and could post up. Averaging 14.4 points, 3.7 assists and 5.8 rebounds, she led the No. 9 Reds (18-8) to the IAAM A Conference semifinals. A Street & Smith's preseason All-American, Kell played well in every big game, scoring 17 in the 44-40 semifinal loss to No. 4 Institute of Notre Dame.
The 5-foot-6 forward provided a lot of offense in big games, including a key third-quarter basket to help rally the No. 16 Poets (21-4) to their fourth straight state title. Price also contributed in many other ways, averaging 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.4 assists for the Class 1A champions. She finished her career never having lost a home game, as the Poets ran their Orleans Street streak to 67 consecutive wins.
At 5 feet 11, Shelley gave the No. 3 Warriors the post presence they needed to complement a host of versatile guards. She hit the key layup as the Warriors (24-1) beat Western in the Class 4A North regional final. She had 10 points and 14 rebounds in the 62-38 state-title loss to towering Churchill. A strong rebounder with terrific moves to the basket, Shelley averaged 10 points and 11 rebounds.
St. Frances, junior
Swan emerged as a clutch offensive player late in the season, averaging 18 points in the final two IAAM A Conference games. A 5-foot-9 guard, Swan led the Panthers with 16 points in the 48-32 title victory over the Institute of Notre Dame. She also had 20 in the semifinal win over Archbishop Spalding. In addition to averaging 11 points, Swan also contributed 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals, playing a key role in a stingy Panthers pressure defense.
Often the spark in the Warriors' potent transition game, the 5-foot-7 guard averaged seven steals and seven assists in addition to 12 points. A good outside shooter who wasn't afraid to battle inside, Taylor hit the game-winning shot, a short runner, that beat Oxon Hill in the Class 4A state semifinals. In the regional final win over Western, she assisted on the key basket that sent Woodlawn to the final four for the second straight year.