You Should See
Darsean Johnson, Bladensburg
After arriving from Queens, N.Y., in the fall, Johnson (6 feet 3, 180) has asserted himself as the Mustangs' top front-court player. The junior power forward has averaged a team-leading 16.4 points and 12 rebounds per game.
"Darsean coming here is like a blessing," Bladensburg Coach Deo Djossou said. "He is real a match-up problem for opponents because of what he can do . . . . By the time he leaves here, he's going to be something special."
Johnson's play has helped establish Bladensburg (10-9) as a contender in the 2A South Region tournament. The Mustangs reached the region final a year ago.
You Should Have Seen
Kemena Brooks, Gwynn Park
After beginning the season as a role player for Bishop McNamara, the 5-foot-8 junior small forward is set to finish the year as a starter for the Yellow Jackets, playing a pivotal role in the team's attempt at a second straight Maryland 3A title.
Brooks transferred to Gwynn Park prior to the team's second game this winter and has averaged 12.2 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game. She had a team-high 16 points and career-high 11 rebounds Friday in a 65-47 victory over Forestville that moved the Yellow Jackets closer to their first league title since claiming the Prince George's 2A/1A crown three years ago.
"Kemena has come in here and played very good basketball for us in just about every game she has played," Gwynn Park Coach Marvin Vann said. "She has been a very steady player for us. I think she's shot the ball very well for us and played good defensive for us, too."
-- Jon Gallo