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All-County Girls Basketball -- Silva embraces underdog role

April 03, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN
  • South Hagerstown senior guard Alex Silva is the 2010 Herald-Mail Washington County Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

Alex Silva has been an underdog most of her life. It's a role she relishes.

"It makes you better," Silva said. "I love being the underdog, that's one of the reasons I chose to go to South. I always wanted to be the one to make an upset, to beat the top dog."

South Hagerstown's senior point guard stands barely taller than 5 feet. But put her in a basketball uniform and she stands out even in a crowd -- such as the one under the basket.

Silva capped a stellar two years wearing the Rebels' green and white with a spectacular senior season. She averaged a Washington County-best 18.7 points per game, and her 10.1 rebounds per game -- that's right, 10.1 rebounds from a point guard standing barely above 5 feet -- were third in the county. Throw in 5.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game, and Silva was the most complete player in the county this season.

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Which is why Silva is the 2010 Herald-Mail Washington County Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

"She'll go in against the best of the post players. Ten rebounds a game for a point guard, that's unheard of, but that's just her determination to win the game and give 110 percent," Rebels coach Amy Deeds said. "That's Alex. That's who she is, the player she wants to be, the player she's become through the years."

Silva credits her mother for helping her become the tenacious talent she is.

"When I was younger, she took me out and pushed me around and told me I would be the small girl and would have to get stronger to play with the big girls," Silva said. "She built me up."

In turn, Silva -- along with classmate Luna Jefferson -- helped build South's program back up in the two seasons after both players transferred from North Hagerstown.

The Rebels went 12-11 overall, 10-4 in the MVAL Antietam and earned their first winning season and first playoff victory since the turn of the millennium.

"(Silva) has been the leader on our team the last two years," Deeds said. "(She's been) the positive role model and the start to the new beginning South needed in order to overcome the obstacles from the past."

Joining Silva on the 2010 Herald-Mail All-County First Team are:

Callie Butts, Heritage Academy

The Eagles' sophomore point guard averaged 11.8 points, 3.4 assists, 3.3 steals and 3.2 rebounds as Heritage rolled through the Mason Dixon Christian Conference regular season undefeated and finished with the second-best record in the county (20-4).

Katie Connolly, Broadfording

The Lions' sophomore forward averaged 15.6 points -- third-best in the county -- as well as 3.1 steals and 2.0 assists as Broadfording went 9-13 after a winless 2008-09 season.

Colleen Costello, St. Maria Goretti

The Gaels' junior center averaged 11.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game to make the All-County First Team for a second straight year.

Quielanna Gantt, North Hagerstown

The Hubs' junior guard averaged 10.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 2.6 assists as North went 16-8 overall and 11-2 in the MVAL Antietam for second place.

Emily Hargreaves, Smithsburg

The Leopards' senior guard averaged 9.5 points, 2.3 steals and 2.1 assists, and had four games of 17 or more points as Smithsburg went 21-4 overall, 11-1 to win the MVAL Antietam and reached the Maryland Class 1A final.

Luna Jefferson, South Hagerstown

The Rebels' senior forward averaged 17.3 points -- good for second in the county behind Silva -- and added 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.8 assists to make her second straight All-County First Team.

Sara Rishell, Smithsburg

The Leopards' senior center was a terror on defense, averaging 8.7 rebounds and a county-best 4.6 blocks while altering many other shots. She also averaged 7.2 points, 2.2 assists and 1.9 steals.

Iman Scott, North Hagerstown

The Hubs' sophomore forward averaged 10.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.0 assists. She was at her best in the playoffs, averaging 17.7 points in three Maryland Class 2A West games.

Katie Sprecher, Smithsburg

The Leopards' junior forward averaged 15.5 points -- fourth-best in the county -- and added 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals for her second straight All-County First Team honor.

ALL-COUNTY SECOND TEAM

Tori Aikens Jr. G Grace Academy

Imani Carter Jr. G North Hagerstown

Rebekah Clarke Sr. F Heritage Academy

Bri Dorsey Sr. F Heritage Academy

Kayla Ewing Jr. C Williamsport

Ashlyn Hawbaker So. G Boonsboro

Alexis Marquiss Sr. G North Hagerstown

Elisa Owens So. G Smithsburg

Chelsea Stigile Sr. F Hancock

Jordan Wills So. G Saint James

ALL-COUNTY HONORABLE MENTION

Boonsboro -- Kara Nettleton, Tori Poffenberger, Amber Smith; Broadfording -- Abby Worsfold, Charlotte Worsfold; Clear Spring -- Jessica Barnhart, Dominique Forsmann, Hannah House; Grace Academy -- Victoria Broadwater, Katy Carroll, Kelsey Koontz; Hancock -- Maureen Leavy, Briana Swisher; Heritage Academy -- Caroline Clark, Rachel Clarke, Jessica Gaylor; North Hagerstown -- Autumn Fisher, Akatshi Osongo; Saint James -- Taylor Deveaux, Courtney Peterson; Smithsburg -- Alexis Andrukat, Taylor Belella, Allie Nickels; South Hagerstown -- Kayla Freeman, Emma Stahl, Lexi Turano; St. Maria Goretti -- Maggie Garvey, Katy Cronise, Cassie Rzomp; Williamsport -- Allison Gulnac, Trisha Leigh.

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