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50-in-50: Top 50 girls basketball players in Oakland County over the past 50 years - Nos. 1-10

  • No. 1 Peggy (Evans) Carr (Birmingham Detroit Country Day Class of 1989)
  • No. 2 Jennifer (Shasky) Calvery (Birmingham Marian Class of 1988)
  • No. 3 Diane Dietz (Farmington Hills Mercy Class of 1977)
  • No. 4 Samantha Mahoney (West Bloomfield Class of 2003)
  • No. 5 Rachelle Bostic (Royal Oak Shrine Class of 1980)
  • No. 6 Sara Potts (Rochester Class of 2001)
  • No. 7 Aerial Powers (Birmingham Detroit Country Day Class of 2012)
  • No. 8 Becky Cummings (Walled Lake Central Class of 1997)
  • No. 9 Bethany Watterworth (Lake Orion Class of 2009)
  • No. 10 Carrie Moore (Birmingham Detroit Country Day Class of 2003)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This list was compiled with the help and consultation of area coaches, local journalists and sports historians and takes into account a player’s high school career and what they did after they graduated and left Oakland County in college and at the professional level. This is the fifth and final installment of the series. Check back Friday for the complete list of the Top 50.

No. 1 Peggy (Evans) Carr (Birmingham Detroit Country Day Class of 1989) — The county’s last Miss Basketball (and the first of the award’s honorees to have a live press conference), Carr played first at Tennessee, then at Ohio State. She still ranks eighth in state history in single-season scoring (769 points in 27 games, average of 28.5), and the record-holder for the most points scored (47 vs. Saginaw Valley Lutheran in the 1989 Class C title game, 14 in the first quarter) in a championship contest. She made a record 19 field goals (in 24 attempts) in that game.

Played three years at Tennessee, earning SEC all-freshman honors, and all-SEC honors as a sophomore leading the Vols in scoring, as well as academic all-American honors, and won a national title in 1991. Was second-team all-Big Ten for Ohio State in 1995. Coached Inkster to a Class A title in 2011.

No. 2 Jennifer (Shasky) Calvery (Birmingham Marian Class of 1988) — The county’s first Miss Basketball, Shasky scored 30 vs. Flint Powers in the 1988 Class A title game, as the Mustangs won the championship.

Included in the inaugural class of A-10 legends with fellow GW alumnus Red Auerbach, Shasky was a three-time Atlantic 10 all-conference player, and the league’s rookie of the year in 1990. She led the Colonials to a first-ever A-10 title in 1992, and the program’s first two NCAA tournament teams in 1991 and ’92. Statistically one of the best players in program history, she was a 1999 inductee into the GW Hall of Fame, and the 1993 NCAA Woman of the Year.

She spent 15 years in the U.S. Justice Department, and has been the director of the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network since 2012.

No. 3 Diane Dietz (Farmington Hills Mercy Class of 1977) — After leading Mercy to three straight title-game appearances, the Marlins broke through in Dietz’s senior year, claiming the state title with a win against Detroit Mumford. Left Mercy as the program’s leading scorer, a record that stood up through former coach Larry Baker’s 21-year career on the bench.

After heading to Ann Arbor, Dietz led the Michigan Wolverines in scoring each of her four years, becoming Michigan’s first four-time captain and MVP. She is Michigan’s all-time leading scorer (2,076), and second in scoring average (19.6), as well holder of as several single-season records. Her single-game high of 45 points against Illinois stood as a Big Ten record for 22 years.

She was exceptional in the classroom, as well, a three-time academic All-American, honored in 1995 with the Gerald R. Ford Award, the highest academic honor given out by the U-M athletic department, followed a year later by induction into U-M’s Hall of Honor, the first women’s basketball player so honored. In 2009, she was inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.

She’s currently the deputy commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, in charge of public affairs.

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No. 4 Samantha Mahoney (West Bloomfield Class of 2003) — A four-year starter for West Bloomfield, and the Lakers’ all-time leading scorer (2,122 points), Mahoney was a runner-up for Miss Basketball her senior season, when she averaged 21.9 points. She helped the Lakers extend their district winning streak to seven seasons, win three regionals and made two trips to the Final Four, and dropped 32 points vs. Lansing Everett in a semifinal loss, finishing as runner-up for Miss Basketball.

At Kentucky, she played all four seasons, earning a starting spot just seven games into her first season, when she earned SEC all-freshman honors. She led the Wildcats in scoring twice (as a sophomore and senior), and was third on the UK all-time scoring list with 1,601 points at the end of her career.

Mahoney got a tryout with the hometown Shock of the WNBA in 2008.

No. 5 Rachelle Bostic (Royal Oak Shrine Class of 1980) — Led the 1979 Knights to a 22-4 record, and a spot in the Class C state championship, where they lost to unbeaten Carrollton. The ’79 team was enshrined in the school’s hall of fame in 2012, three years after Bostic went in on her own merits. The 5-foot-11 center was a two-time all-stater, a unanimous selection in her senior season.

Scored a then-school-record 571 points her senior season, good or an average of 24 points per game, and finished with 1,579 career points. Her 1,167 career rebounds — the most in state history at the time of her graduation — rank eighth most on the MHSAA all-time list today.

Bostic played at Indiana University,and was first-team all-Big Ten in 1982 and second-team in 1984. Finished her career with 1,827 points, behind only teammate Denise Jackson’s 1,917. The two rank Nos. 1 and 5 on IU’s all-time list entering this season. She’s still No. 1 in field goals made (839) and No. 5 in rebounds (873).

No. 6 Sara Potts (Rochester Class of 2001) — Potts finished high school as the program’s all-time leading scorer (1,317 points), after averaging 25.9 points per game as a senior, earning BCAM all-state honors. Went on to Kentucky where she’d start 15 times as a freshman. By her junior season, she’d broken Kentucky’s career record for 3-pointers (190), and became the first Wildcat player to hit more than 200 shots from behind the arc.

Would leave Lexington as one of the school’s most accomplished players, ranking fourth (at the time) on the all-time lists for points scored (1,563) and points per game (13.4), after leading the Wildcats in scoring as a junior and senior.

No. 7 Aerial Powers (Birmingham Detroit Country Day Class of 2012) — A two-time AP Class B Player of the Year, Powers averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 3.1 blocks as a senior, finishing fifth in the Miss Basketball voting. Started three of her four years at Country Day, averaging 17.1 points per game in her career.

At Michigan State, she missed her first season after tearing her Achilles tendon, but hasn’t slowed down since.

Her 442 points as a freshman were second-most in program history for a first-year player, and she was the quickest-ever in Spartan history to reach 1,000 points. She’s been the team’s player of the year each of her two seasons, as well as the rebounder of the year twice. She’s the first Spartan player to be named First-Team All-Big Ten in her first two seasons. Her 678 points and 375 rebounds as a sophomore both broke MSU single-season records, and her her scoring average (21.9 ppg) broke a 40-year-old program record, while her 12.1 rebounds per game were the second-highest average in school history. Already 18th on MSU’s all-time scoring list, and just 660 points shy of Liz Shimek’s record total, and 15th in career rebounds, 486 shy of Shimek in that category.

No. 8 Becky Cummings (Walled Lake Central Class of 1997) — All-state in both volleyball and basketball for Central, Cummings finished fourth in Miss Basketball voting as a senior, behind Flint Northern’s Deanna Nolan, who out-dueled Cummings in the Class A title game for a second straight crown. The Michigan Hall of Fame ‘Tomorrow’s winners’ Female High School Athlete of the Year as a senior, Cummings was inducted into the Walled Lake Central Coaches Association Hall of Fame in its first class, in 2014. Had more than 1,500 career points, more than 1,000 career rebounds (top 20 in state history) and more than 350 career blocks (top 10 in state history) in high school, leading the Vikings to

Started by the end of her freshman year at Michigan State, and earned all-Big Ten honors her final two seasons. Ranks 19th in career scoring at MSU (1,108 points in 105 games), 24th in scoring average (10.6), second in career field goal percentage (.572), fourth in career free throws made (324) and second in free throws attempted (499), 14th in rebounds (645), and 16th in blocked shots (52).

No. 9 Bethany Watterworth (Lake Orion Class of 2009) — Averaged 21.2 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior, leading the Dragons to an 18-2 record and a championship in the OAA Red, along with district and regional titles. Watterworth had 29 points in the semifinal loss to eventual state champion Benton Harbor, before going on to star at Oakland University.

She finished her career at Oakland with her name on any number of career statistical categories (rankings entering this season) including points (6th, 1,908), scoring average (8th, 16.2), field goals (5th, 695), field goal attempts (3rd, 1,545), free throws (3rd, 407), free-throw attempts (5th, 531) and blocked shots (8th, 93).

No. 10 Carrie Moore (Birmingham Detroit Country Day Class of 2003) — Adidas All-American after her sophomore year, and Street & Smith honorable mention All-American after her senior season, Moore helped the Yellowjackets to the 2003 Class B title, and a No. 23 USA Today Super 25 ranking.

At Western Michigan, earned All-MAC Freshman Team honors, starting from the minute she hit campus, and every game in her career. Earned first-team All-MAC honors as a sophomore, junior and senior, finishing as Western’s all-time leading scorer (2,224).

In her last year in Kalamazoo, Moore earned MAC co-player of the year honors, leading the NCAA in scoring at 25.4 points per game, the only conference player to ever do so.

Moore set nine school records and four conference records.

Played professionally briefly in the WNBA and in Poland, then was hired as Princeton’s director of basketball operations for the women’s program, and is currently an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Creighton.

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Last Updated: 3/26/2015 8:57:02 PM EST


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