1991 Girls Basketball Preview

December 15, 1991

ATHOLTON RAIDERS

Coach: Graydon Webster, ninth year

Assistant: Karen Scott

1990-1991 record: 6-16 overall, 1-13 county

Returnees: Seniors: Vanessa Clack (G), Dana McGraw (F), Kristen Kruhm (F), Julie Ruprecht (G), Juanita Thompson (F); juniors: Allison Valentino (G), Kelly Smith (F).

Newcomers to watch: Senior: Carla Galang (G/F); juniors:Chrissy Dibella (G/F), Beth Lowenthal (F); sophomores: Robin McGraw (F), Niki Blankenship (F).

Coach's outlook: "We're a lot quicker on defense, and we should be a better rebounding team. Floor leadership is the thing I'm going to have that I didn't have last year. We're excited about the season."

Howard County Sun outlook: The Raiders will improve on last year's county record, but will have trouble against the league powers. Valentino and Thompson are the returning starters. Look for Valentino, a solid ballhandler, to step up her scoring. Inexperience will keep Atholton no higher than the middle of the pack.

CENTENNIAL EAGLES

Coach: Beth Brown, first year

Assistant: David Brown

1990-91 record: 5-9 county, 8-14 overall

Returnees: Seniors: Becky Joeckel (G), Jane Chen (F); juniors: Shannon Saltzman (F), Kelli Butler (G), Laura Taneyhill (G), Sherri Happel (F).

Newcomers to watch: Juniors: Rosie Thomas (G), Tiffany Bowers (F); sophomores: Katrina Wolfe (G), Susan Green (G), Jeanine Lee (G), Kathy Gallagher (F/G).

Coach's outlook: "Our strength is in the middle withShannon. I think we're right up there with Howard and Glenelg, with Hebron and Hammond the top dogs. I think I've got a really talented group."

Howard County Sun outlook: The Eagles rebounded from a tough rebuilding season in 1989-1990 to respectability last year. With three-year starters Joeckel, Saltzman, and Butler back, they should be more trouble for the league this year. This could be the season's surprise contender.

GLENELG GLADIATORS

Coach: Chuck Struhar, 14th year

Assistant: Lisa Seibold

1990-1991 record: 9-5 county, 17-7 overall

Returnees: Seniors: Tanissa Dorsey (G), Jen Leedom (G), Sarah Jones (G); juniors: Debbie Snyder (F), Dana Hoffman (F).

Newcomers to watch: Juniors: Joanna Tammaro (G), Carey Ebersberger (F); sophomore: Christina Flowers (G), Susan Geisler (F).

Coach's outlook: "It's not a great team. We don't have a tremendous amount of depth, but we've got a lot of hard workers. We're not going to set the world on fire, but we're never going to dog it. People are going to have tocome in and beat us."

Howard County Sun outlook: The Gladiators may be short on depth and experience, but they have three talented returning starters in Dorsey, Leedom and Jones. Dorsey might be the bestathlete in the county. And with Struhar back after a three-year hiatus, expect dogged defense to keep Glenelg in every game. The Gladiators will be a threat each night.

HAMMOND GOLDEN BEARS

Coach: Joe Russo, sixth year

Assistant: Al Moraz

1990-91 record: 5-9 county,13-13 overall

Returnees: Juniors: Kristen Moraz (F), Jen Garlick (G), Samantha Andersch (G); sophomores: Kacey Williams (G), Sonia Keiner (F), Amy Hanson (F).

Newcomers to watch: Junior: Nikki Dey (F); sophomore: Lindsay McCaskill (G); freshmen: Tameka Harrison (F), Tiki Nicholson (G).

Coach's outlook: "It's a young team, but they play like veterans. The only thing we're lacking is that one prolific scorer. I think we're just good as anybody, Hebron included."

Howard County Sun outlook: The Bears have no seniors, but they have the finest collection of athletes in the league. Keiner and Williams, both All-County material, form an excellent inside-outside combination. Moraz and Garlick add offensive punch, and the addition of Harrison andNicholson -- the county's most exciting freshmen -- should keep Hammond on Hebron's tail all season.

HOWARD LIONS

Coach: Craig O'Connell, fourth year

1990-1991 record: 10-4 county, 17-8 overall

Returnees: Seniors: Krista Fulton (F), Emily Petrlik (F); juniors: Camille Powell (G), Terry Townslay (G), Sharon Ford (G)

Newcomers to watch: Juniors:Mekaa Richards (F), Kelsi Stovall (F), Amy Owens (F); sophomore: Emily Moore (G); freshmen: Rebecca Powell (G), Katie Kile (F), Mona Jackson (G)

Coach's outlook: "To be successful, we have to force turnovers before our opponent gets into a half-court offense. If we have to go to our bench, we could be in trouble, because they're not ready."

Howard County Sun outlook: The Lions lost Co-Player of the Year Kristi Greer to graduation, but the cupboard is far from bare. Fulton, a second team All-County forward, will increase her scoring and rebounding by playing closer to the basket. Powell is one of the league's better point guards and more underrated players. The bench is questionable, although keep an eye on fast-improving freshman Mona Jackson.

MOUNT HEBRON VIKINGS

Coach: Dave Greenberg, 14th year

Assistants: Brad Rees, Donna Schaaf

1990-91 record: 13-1 county, 23-3 overall

Returnees: Juniors: Erica McCauley (G), Kris Bryant (F), Sandra Benson (F), Tierney Clark (F); sophomore: Emily Yanero (G).

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