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Boys All-County Team:
Ryan Cornish (Richard Montgomery): The 6-foot-1 guard’s explosive play added a spark to the Rockets’ successful run to the state semifinals. He averaged a team-best 14.3 points a game and connected with a buzzer-beating jumper to defeat Gaithersburg in the state playoffs.
Raef Hetherington (Blake): As a junior, Hetherington has already attracted the attention of high school basketball observers with his fancy footwork and ball handling. The guard averaged 14 points a game in leading Blake to a No. 4 seed in the state playoffs.
Jao Ituka (Gaithersburg): Ituka has completed more as a sophomore for the Trojans than others have in their entire high school careers. He averaged 24.6 points per game and surpassed the 1,000 point mark in Gaithersburg’s playoff victory over Wootton.
Ebby Asamoah (Magruder): The forward finished his senior season with the Colonels with a dominating offensive presence that averaged 18.4 points per game. His biggest performance was when he scored a season-high 36 points in a 73-67 win over Rockville in January.
Miles Gally (Richard Montgomery): In his senior season, the 6-foot-9 center left his mark by almost averaging a double-double in points (13.2) and rebounds (9). He scored 10 points in Richard Montgomery’s historic regional championship win on March 9.
Honorable Mention: Djordje Orcev (Richard Montgomery), Jordan Hawkins (Gaithersburg), Richard Dudley (Paint Branch), Harrison Cance (Wootton), Nendah Tarke (Bullis), Jimmy Sorunke (Rockville), Timitrius Hawkins (Springbrook) and Camren Ashby (Einstein).
Head Coach of the Year: David Breslaw (Richard Montgomery): Breslaw led the Rockets to their first regional title since 1967 and ended the year with a 24-2 record.
Girls All-County Team:
Caroline Orza (Bethesda-Chevy Chase): The 5-foot-10 sophomore’s play was crucial in the Lady Barons’ second consecutive 4A West Regional title run. She averaged 15.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, including a double-double performance against Walt Whitman in the state playoffs.
Julia Tomlinson (Damascus): The senior star muscled her way to averaging 10 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Swarmin’ Hornets. In her final regular season game, Tomlinson could not be stopped, registering a game-high 26 points in a win over Paint Branch.
Elyse Lowet (Whitman): In her final year with the Vikings, Lowet was vital in their 20-win season. She set a new school record with 11 3-pointers in one game in a dominating win vs. Magruder and scored a buzzer-beater in a road win over Churchill.
Alli Haddaway (Poolesville): After being a part of Lady Falcons’ undefeated season last season, the senior guard provided leadership and experience for their revamped roster. She scored a game-high 14 points to help Poolesville clinch the 3A/2A Division regular season title.
Ava Haraldsson (Bethesda-Chevy Chase): Part of B-CC’s success was based on their defense that allowed 42 points a game. Haraldsson, a 6-foot sophomore, was part of that success with her 15 blocks as she averaged the second-most points (7.5) for the Lady Barons.
Honorable Mention: Patricia Anumgba (Paint Branch), Katerra Myers (Paint Branch), Parker Hill (Churchill), Chloe Chapman (Good Council), Brittini Martin (Churchill), Anujin Dashdorj (Richard Montgomery), Mia Smith (Clarksburg) and Angela Nnabue (Sherwood).
Head Coach of the Year: Ryan Ingalls (Bethesda-Chevy Chase): In her fifth season with the Lady Barons, Ingalls won a second consecutive 4A West Regional Championship.
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