Wildecats expect to click this season Wilde Lake GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

December 03, 1992|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

Qualifying for the Class 1A, Region II girls basketball playoffs, as Wilde Lake did last season, was a notable accomplishment.

En route to doing it, the 9-13 Wildecats lacked stability and cohesiveness. Their roster dwindled from 11 to eight players because of injuries, and coach Kelly Rosati noticed a "cliquish" attitude among some players.

To Rosati's relief, those problems aren't evident this season. The team is more experienced, and some of its 13 members honed their skills at basketball camps and summer leagues.

"We had some difficulties last year. We had some girls that couldn't work with other girls," said Rosati, a second-year coach. "This year's team has so much more enthusiasm and is so much more coachable. If we go less than 9-13, I'll be very disappointed."

Wilde Lake's five returning players are the probable starters. Tracy Stefan, a 5-foot-9 senior who averaged 11.0 points and 9.0 rebounds last season, is the Wildecats' best inside player, alternating between center and power forward.

Sophomore Anika Middleton (5-9) will play small forward after averaging 8.0 points and 6.0 rebounds last season.

In the backcourt, 5-6 senior Tamika Bell will see action at point and shooting guard. Senior Kristen Riismandel (5-5) will play at the point, and junior Kim Driessen (5-6) is set to play the No. 2 guard.

Schedule

Dec. 4 South Carroll 4:30

Dec. 8 at Pallotti 6

Dec. 11 at Westminster 7

Dec. 15 at Poolesville 7

Jan. 6 at Catholic 3:45

Jan. 8 Oakland Mills 6

Jan. 13 Centennial 5

Jan. 15 at Howard 7:30

Jan. 20 Glenelg 3:30

Jan. 22 Hammond 6

Jan. 29 Atholton 7:30

Feb. 3 Mount Hebron 5

Feb. 5 at Oakland Mills 7:30

Feb. 10 at Centennial 3:30

Feb. 12 Howard 6

Feb. 16 at Glenelg 5

Feb. 18 at Hammond 7:30

Feb. 20 Southern (Garrett Co.) 1:45

Feb. 23 at Atholton 3:30

Feb. 25 at Mount Hebron 6

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