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Robinson gave 'Dogs a big bite

March 28, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Some things changed while others stayed the same during Iesha Robinson's senior season for the Martinsburg girls basketball team.

Thanks to Robinson's leadership and versatility, the Bulldogs reached new heights this season. After being eliminated by Jefferson in the playoffs the previous season, Martinsburg went 23-4, qualified for the West Virginia Class AAA state tournament and reached the semifinals this year.

While the Bulldogs enjoyed more success as a team, Robinson was her usual spectacular self -- averaging 19.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Robinson is The Herald-Mail Girls Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight year.

"It means a lot to me. I try to work hard, and getting this (honor) is a highlight," Robinson said. "It was great when our team made it to states, and this is even better."

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"She is a very dynamic player, a multi-faceted player," Bulldogs coach Mike Mackey said. "She can play any position and it helps us with depth. She played point guard and led our team in assists. She's a very competitive lady, a fierce competitor, and when she hits floor, she's ready to play.

"She's one of the better women's athletes to come out of Martinsburg."

Robinson scored 28 points in Martinsburg's 76-67 overtime victory over Princeton in the state quarterfinals. The Bulldogs fell to North Marion 66-50 in the semifinals.

"It was a wonderful experience," Robinson said of the state tournament. "We came out with a victory, and we wish we could have gone further, but we're happy with what we did."

Robinson is joined on the 2008-09 Herald-Mail All-Area First Team by:

LaRae Allen, North Hagerstown

Senior center averaged 12.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 blocks, 2.1 steals and 2.1 assists per game for the Maryland Class 2A West champions.

Brynn Arnone, Boonsboro

Senior center averaged 12.0 points, an area-best 13.1 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2.7 steals for the MVAL Antietam champions.

Amber Booher, Berkeley Springs

Senior forward averaged 16.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.1 assists as the Indians reached the West Virginia Class AA state tournament.

Jacqueline Brewer, Martinsburg

Junior guard gave Robinson a sharp-shooting sidekick as she averaged an area-best 21.0 points per game and made 57 of 131 3-pointers. She also averaged 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.1 assists.

Dakeea Marshall, Jefferson

Senior forward joined Arnone as the only area players to average a double-double. Marshall averaged 16.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.4 steals and 2.8 assists.

Morgan McIntire, Heritage Academy

Senior guard led the Eagles to the MDCC Tournament title and the Maryland Christian State Division I final, averaging 20.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.9 assists.

Kirksten Mitchell, North Hagerstown

Senior guard made her presence felt all over the court, averaging 17.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.4 steals.

Alex Silva, South Hagerstown

Junior guard worked tirelessly to help bring the Rebels back to respectability this season, averaging 16.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 4.6 steals.

Katie Sprecher, Smithsburg

Sophomore guard/forward had a breakout season for the Leopards, averaging 14.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

Nikki Stephenson, Musselman

Senior forward averaged 14.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 steals for the Applemen.

Mallory Wishard, Waynesboro

Senior center averaged 15.3 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 55 percent for the Maidens.

All-Area Second Team



Kelly Beard Sr. F Williamsport

Brittany Boarman Sr. F Hedgesville

Deidra Burch Fr. G Berkeley Springs

Dezi Clinton Sr. G Jefferson

Jenn Dillon Sr. G Mercersburg

Luna Jefferson Jr. F South Hagerstown

Katy Leborious Jr. F Hedgesville

Alexis Marquiss Jr. G Shalom Christian

Danielle Miller So. F Waynesboro

Angie Nevarez Sr. G St. Maria Goretti

Taylor Riley Jr. G Mercersburg

Brooke Whiteside Sr. G Southern Fulton

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