The regular season is officially over and with it chances to move up or in some cases down, in the Bastow Best Ten boys and Bastow Best Five girls basketball polls. It’s been quite a season, highlighted by a number of tremendous accomplishments.
- Walter Johnson girl’s coach Tori Moten took a winless team last year and got them 8 wins this year, quite the turnaround;
- Seneca Valley girls went undefeated through the regular season and 4A West playoffs, and at this point they stand at 25-0 and the only undefeated team in the county;
- Kelsey Wolfe (Seneca Valley), Brene Moseley (Paint Branch) and Christine Weithman should, by any standard imaginable, be Washington Post All-Met First team players, and perhaps Gazette Player(s) of the Year;
- Walt Whitman and Churchill girls achieved great success on the court, perhaps more than was ever anticipated for either;
- Not to be outdone, the Gaithersburg Lady Trojans, with only two senior starters, are in the Maryland State Semifinals
- Springbrook captured their third straight 4A regional championship and will attempt to win their third straight state championship this weekend. No team has ever won three straight in the 4A division;
- Richard Montgomery finished with 21 wins, the only other Montgomery County boy’s team to win over 20 games, and just missed a first regional title;
- Quince Orchard (3A West) and Blake (3A East) each went undefeated in their respective divisions;
- Deshaunt Walker should lead the list of MOCO candidates for first-team All Washington Post All-Met consideration, and perhaps Player of the Year for the Gazette.
Sure there are many more highlights, and I will get to some of them over the next few days, in addition to naming my All-Bastow Team for both boys and girls, and my Players of the Year. But first, here is the Bastow Best Ten boys final poll.
- Springbrook: Just a great year in what was supposed to be a building year for Coach Tom Crowell. The only guy on the roster with playoff experience from last year was Walker, and they still won the regional title. There is no reason they can’t get back next year, either.
- Blake: I know, they lost to QO so I shouldn’t rank them higher. But they lost on QO’s home court, and against the team that took out QO (Frederick) they won. The emergence of Matthew McGugan and Brandon Hedley puts them over the top for me.
- Richard Montgomery: They did beat QO, although early in the year, and going 21-3 counts for a lot in my book. Solid, experienced, talented and oh, so close on Saturday.
- Quince Orchard/Whitman: There: a tie for the fourth spot because I am not sure which is the better team, and we will not get the chance to find out. Two tremendous teams that did not have what got them there working on one night in the playoffs: for Whitman it was shooting and for QO, defense.
- Paint Branch: Rycourt MacAuley and Devin Gallman were perhaps the best one-two frontcourt in the county, and with a little bit more backcourt, they might’ve sprung an upset.
- Poolesville: A very late rush up to this spot, driven by the return of Brendan McFall and their great play late and into the playoffs. A difficult loss to Walkersville in double overtime spoiled what could’ve been a great end of the season story.
- Wootton: Coach Chris Bohlen maxxed his team out, and I might be wrong, but they are the only team in the county that beat Richard Montgomery, Whitman, Paint Branch and Blake all in the same season. Now that is very impressive.
- Kennedy: Angelo Adon may be the best player of them all, carrying his team all the way to the regional semifinals, but I suspect the coaching of Diallo Nelson had a lot to do with it, too.
- Northwest: Up and down, and up and down. When these guys were good, they were very good, but they weren’t often enough. And Willy Lee better get Honorable Mention All-Met consideration.
- Magruder: Coach Harwood gets to see his son Tim earn honors all season long.
Bastow Best-Five Girls:
- Seneca Valley: Really, who else should this be? Nobody. The best player resides on the best team, and no matter what happens over the weekend in the states, they are the best team in the county that I saw this year.
- Gaithersburg: But I must say a game between Seneca Valley and Gaithersburg would be interesting. My first look at this team was in the region final on Saturday, and their pressure defense on the perimeter would be quite the test for Seneca Valley. Unfortunately, we will never know.
- Whitman: A narrow and tough loss to Gaithersburg does not diminish the style and class of this team, led by Susan Russell, who played a magnificent game on Saturday.
- Paint Branch: Wow. Think about this: Brene Mosley is only a junior. Good luck to everyone else next year.
- Blake: And speaking of next year, how is this team going to replace Christine Weithman?
I’m sure I made some people unhappy as I have all year, so let me know how you feel about the rankings, and perhaps in another discussion column I can address the issues.
Tomorrow: First look at All-Bastow Boys Team