Young Raiders look for versatility Atholton GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

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

Don't be surprised to see Atholton's girls basketball players undertaking multiple assignments this season.

The primary deficiencies of a Raiders' squad coming off a 9-15 season are twofold -- a lack of size and experience.

So, first-year coach Paul Eckert has assigned everyone to more than one position in a motion offense and a pressing defense.

Eckert said of his 10-player unit (which includes only two seniors): "It's going to take us awhile to get our bearings on adapting to varsity play. Our lack of size will hurt us as well, because we only have Robin McGraw at 5-10."

Allison Valentino, the lone returning starter, is the key to the Raiders' success.

A 5-7 senior who will alternate between shooting guard and small forward, she is the school's fifth all-time leading scorer, needing 207 points to move into second place.

Last season, Valentino averaged 13.9 points and 3.0 assists.

The other starters are juniors McGraw and Nicole Blankenship, sophomore Stephanie Van Deusen and freshman Lea Nichols.

McGraw and the 5-8 Blankenship will rotate at center and power forward, while Van Deusen (5-6) and Nichols (5-5) will move between point and shooting guard.

Valentino and Van Deusen are the primary shooters and ballhandlers.

Eckert has high hopes for 5-6 sophomore Kim Ruprecht, an all-Howard County softball player, who is expected to be a rebounder.

Schedule

Dec. 4 Bel Air 4:45

Dec. 8 at Liberty 7

Dec. 15 Damascus 5

Dec. 18 at Edgewood 5:30

Dec. 21 Thomas Johnson 5

Dec. 29-30 at Cen. Md. Tourn. tba

Jan. 8 Hammond 6

Jan. 13 Mount Hebron 5

Jan. 15 Glenelg 7:30

Jan. 20 Howard 3:30

Jan. 22 at Centennial 6

Jan. 29 at Wilde Lake 7:30

Feb. 3 Oakland Mills 5

Feb. 5 at Hammond 7:30

Feb. 10 at Mount Hebron 3:30

Feb. 12 at Glenelg 6

Feb. 16 at Howard 5

Feb. 18 Centennial 7:30

Feb. 23 Wilde Lake 3:30

Feb. 25 at Oakland Mills 6

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