Lions have high hopes of being giant killers Howard GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

December 03, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

"We're probably going to be the smallest team in the league, but we might be one of the quickest," said fifth-year coach Craig O'Connell when sizing up his Howard girls basketball squad.

The Lions lack so much size that they basically will be putting five guards on the floor many times this year.

And unless they tire or get into foul trouble, the Lions will forsake the zone defenses they like to play occasionally, and try to stick with a man-to-man, with the emphasis on forcing turnovers, creating easy baskets and maintaining an up-tempo.

Three outstanding returning starters should keep Howard in the county title hunt. Senior guards Camille Powell and Sharon Ford are the foundation of the team.

At 5 feet 8, Powell is the ideal point guard. She distributes the ball well (team-high 6.4 assists last year) and has an excellent pull-up jumper on the break (eight-point scoring average). She'll need to average double figures in scoring. She also is a disruptive force on defense. She averaged 5.5 steals and 4.6 rebounds last season.

Ford complements Powell nicely. She is a tenacious rebounder (6.1), particularly on the offensive end, where she became a legitimate scoring threat last year (12.1).

Sophomore 5-8 forward Mona Jackson is a key to Howard's success. Perhaps the best natural athlete in the county, Jackson came on to lead the Lions in scoring (12.1) and rebounding (8.5) last year.

The Lions' depth is questionable. Senior 6-3 forward Mekaa Richardson didn't play much last year. The same goes for sophomore 5-5 guard Rebecca Powell and sophomore 5-8 forward Katie Kile.

And freshman guard Tresa Silcott, will miss half the season with a broken hand she suffered in a scrimmage against St. Mary's last week.

"We're going to bother the ball wherever it goes. If we don't attack the ball and force turnovers, there will be some long nights for us," O'Connell said.

Schedule

Dec. 5 at Thomas Johnson 3:30

Dec. 9 Frederick 5

Dec. 14 at South Carroll 7

Dec. 17 at Linganore 7:30

Dec. 22 South Carroll 5

Dec. 28-29 at Liberty tour. tba

Jan. 8 at Glenelg 6

Jan. 11 Liberty 5

Jan. 13 Oakland Mills 5

Jan. 15 Wilde Lake 7:30

Jan. 20 at Atholton 3:30

Jan. 22 at Mount Hebron 6

Jan. 29 at Centennial 7:30

Feb. 3 at Hammond 5

Feb. 5 Glenelg 7:30

Feb. 10 at Oakland Mills 3:30

Feb. 12 at Wilde Lake 6

Feb. 16 Atholton 5

Feb. 18 Mount Hebron 7:30

Feb. 23 Centennial 3:30

Feb. 25 Hammond 6

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