MSSD Girls Basketball Team Named National Champions: Zamica Gage Named Player of the Year
The MSSD girls' basketball team has received another honor after one of the most successful seasons in school history. The National Deaf Interscholastic Athletics Council (NDIAC) has named MSSD the 2008-09 Division I girls basketball team of the year. In addition, the NDIAC chose junior Zamica Gage as Player of the Year.
The season was a very successful one for MSSD. They won the Clerc Classic, an annual tournament featuring the nation's top Deaf high school teams. They finished second in the Maryland Independent Schools Conference with a 9-3 league record. The team also proved tough to beat at home, going 8-1 at home on their way to a 14-8 overall record.
Player of the Year Zamica Gage had a great all around season, averaging 18.1 points per game. She also grabbed 5.2 rebounds per game and had 4.7 steals and 3.3 assists per game.
Three seniors, Johanna Arrigo, Tiffany Narciso, and Eboni Love-Peel, were named to the USADB high school senior all-star team, East Squad. They played against the West Squad during the United States of America Deaf Basketball annual tournament in California on April 18 . The East Squad, coached by MSSD head coach Amy Mowl, won the game. For game stats and scores.
MSSD Athletic Director Mark Burke is not surprised by the team's accomplishments this year. "I watched the players work hard during the season, and they were itching to prove they are the best deaf team in the country. The team worked hard all year, and they were extremely well coached. This honor is something they should cherish."
Player of the Year Zamica Gage