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All-County Girls Basketball: Dickson's full worth not shown in stats

March 29, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • South Hagerstown junior Katrice Dickson is The Herald-Mail's 2012-13 Washington County Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
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When informed she had been named The Herald-Mail’s 2012-13 Washington County Girls Basketball Player of the Year, South Hagerstown’s Katrice Dickson had a quick response.

“Honestly, I am very honored, but I want to thank my team and coaches for pushing me in getting this far,” Dickson said.

For the third straight year, Dickson is a first-team All-County performer, but she adds the top honor as a junior in a year in which South won the MVAL Antietam Conference with a 14-0 record and finished overall with a 21-3 record.

Her statistics weren’t as lofty as those in her sophomore season, but coach Nate Naylor said she did so much more for the team than just rack up numbers.

“With her performance this year, she took to the next step in being a complete player,” Naylor said. “She had to pick up her defense this year and she got better with her passing game, seeing the floor and also becoming a better rebounder.”

Dickson averaged 12.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 2.3 assists and 1.6 blocks per game for the Rebels. Her total shooting percentage was a very respectable 43 percent and she hit 74 percent from the foul line.

A 5-foot-7 forward/guard, Dickson has been an integral part of South’s lineup, which includes juniors Tayana Stewart and Chelsey Scott.

“Being the player of the year was a goal, but it wasn’t on my mind and not what I was working for,” Dickson said. “My goal is to win as a team. Me and (Stewart) coming up, we had to work hard to change the program, and with (Naylor) working with us in the offseason, we’re getting better.”

Foremost in Dickson’s mind is getting out of the Maryland 3A West region and making good on what will be a final chance next year to get to the state tournament.

She and her teammates are already working out three times weekly and getting ready for AAU summer ball.

“We’re in the mindset that we have to work much harder,” Dickson said.

There would be no problem if the season started all over again right now.

“(Katrice) is an untouched talent,” Naylor said. “You won’t see the same player next year. She will be stronger and even smarter. She plays so hard that often there are times she commits a silly foul. I don’t think that will happen next year.”

Dickson has no apprehension about her post-high school days.

“I definitely want to play at the next level, no doubt,” she said.

Dickson is joined on The Herald-Mail’s 2012-13 All-County Girls Basketball First Team by:

Hannah Kastelein, Williamsport

The 6-foot-1 senior center averaged only 6.5 points, but was one of the county’s top rebounders with 10 per game.

Elyse Koterwas, Smithsburg

The 5-foot-11 senior forward averaged 11.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, and almost 2 assists and steals per game for the Leopards.

Crystal McLeod, North Hagerstown

The 5-foot-4 junior averaged 16.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.3 assists — not bad for a small guard.

Shannon O’Brien, Boonsboro

The 6-foot senior center averaged 9.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game for the Warriors.

Kayla Peterson, North Hagerstown

The 5-foot-11 junior forward averaged 10.3 points per game and was No. 1 in the Tri-State area with 12.3 rebounds a game. She also averaged 4.6 steals and 2.0 assists. Peterson was a first-team selection as a freshman at Saint James.

Chesley Scott, South Hagerstown

The 5-foot-7 junior guard was probably the best defensive player in the county. Averaged 10.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.7 steals in her second All-County season.

Tayana Stewart, South Hagerstown

The 5-foot-7 junior guard averaged 13.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 1.2 assists and 1.7 blocks for the Rebels. This is her second All-County first-team selection.

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Second team

Kristyn Davis, Senior, Guard, Boonsboro

Celensia Dickson, Freshman, Guard, South Hagerstown

Isabel Forsman, Sophomore, Guard, Clear Spring

Victoria Key, Senior, Guard, Williamsport

Beverly Kum, Sophomore, Forward, Smithsburg

Maggie Murray, Senior, Guard, St. Maria Goretti

Kate Wade, Freshman, Guard, Williamsport

Sarah Wagner, Senior , Forward, Hancock

Honorable mention

Boonsboro - Tiffany Bowman, Claudia Jenkins; Broadfording - Kierra White; Clear Spring - Samantha Staley, Kristen Mellott; Grace Academy - Caitlin Cox, Allie Cox; Hancock - Kristen Shoemaker, Alisha Shives; Highland View Academy - Wendy Anyona; Saint James - Kerri Kline, Lisle Bruns; Smithsburg - Samantha Gladhill; South Hagerstown - Lyndsey Bedregal, Deijah Johnson; St. Maria Goretti - Lauree Lorenson, Abbey Eich; Williamsport - Carly Robinson, Erin Palmer.

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