Championship sets tone for DCW MVP and Largo High girls basketball team

Upper Marlboro, Md. -- This week's DCW MVP is not satisfied with last year's championship run to the 2A Maryland Girls Basketball title.

Stephanie Donna Guihon is a senior at Largo High School. Guihon said her coaches helped push the Lions team last year and she expects nothing less as the new season approaches.

"They just knew our potential and knew that we could go really far," said Guihon.

Guihon helps set the example for a team that had to scratch and claw to erase a late deficit in last year's championship game. Coach Ayana Ball-Ward said the team's point guard is always the first on the practice court and the last to leave.

Ball-Ward said the basketball court helps Guihon roar.

"When she gets on the court her shyness and quietness go out the window and it shows up in her game," said Ball-Ward. "That explosiveness and that confidence it just flourishes on the court."

Ball-Ward saw it all come together for the entire Lions team last year, just as it did when she was a player in 1997 and Largo also won a state championship in girls basketball.

"I'm so glad they got to experience that but at the same time they worked hard for it," said Ball-Ward.

Her coach gushes that Guihon is an MVP because of her work ethic, character and loving spirit.

Guihon gives credit to her family and her teammates for being a force on court.

"I was raised in a great community Christian community," said Guihon. "My parents did everything to raise me right so that's where it comes from."

Guihon is also an outstanding student who says her favorite subject off the court is math. She plans on taking that love of numbers and racking up points to Longwood University next fall.

Until then you can find her in the gym, awaiting the start of the girls basketball season in December.