Wilde Lake (8-3 county, 14-8 overall – No. 5 seed Section I 3A East Region)
Best Case: Everything officially clicks for the Wildecats and the team turns back the clocks to 1998 — the last time the program won a region championship. The combination of sophomore Trea Keys on the perimeter and senior Marquis Bullett on the interior that was so effective during the second half of the season continues to shine in the postseason. Just as important, however, is that the supporting cast does its part. Nick David, Ricardo Greene, Prophelando Joseph and recent JV call-up Mark Marshall provide strong guard play, while Tyrell Barnes and Gerald Van Tassell do their part in terms of rebounding. Wilde Lake beats Glenelg and River Hill, which it split with during the regular season, and then keeps the good vibes going on the way to beating the winner of Centennial and Reservoir. That sets up a memorable showdown with Stephen Decatur for the region championship, which Wilde Lake wins as Keys and Bullett combine for more than 40 points. The run ends in the state finals, after another monumental victory over Poly in the semifinals, but not before Wilde Lake turns heads. Keys solidifies Howard County Player of the Year honors.