Parkdale High School girls’ basketball player Kareema Conteh took her game to another level this past winter, leading all scorers in Prince George’s County and evolving into one of Maryland’s top players.
Though her high school days are over, basketball is just beginning for the 5-foot-6 guard.
Earlier this month, Conteh announced she will be playing basketball for Randolph-Macon College on a partial academic scholarship. Conteh chose the Virginia-based Division III school because it had a competitive basketball team and it offered courses that would allow her to pursue a career in pediatrics, she said.
“It means a lot to me because I love the game of basketball,” said Conteh, a second team All-Gazette guard. “The fact that I’m going to play in college while I’m doing my major is a big thing.”
Conteh’s numbers improved every year; she upped her scoring from about six points as a freshman to 24.1 as a senior.
“I knew she could really turn into something special,” coach Lawrence Watson said. “... She’s like a sponge. She picks it up, she watches film. She did a lot of things to really make herself better.”
Conteh reached the 1,000-point mark and led the Panthers to the 4A South Region finals this past season. She is hoping she can duplicate that success at the college level.
“I just have to go down there and work hard, and then whatever happens, happens,” Conteh said.
— Eric Goldwein