Scorpions ready to rebound Oakland Mills GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

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

Oakland Mills' girls basketball team is in the beginning stages of its rise back to prominence.

At least that's what coach Teresa Waters says of the Scorpions, who finished 1-21 last season after contending for the state title the previous two years.

Waters said she is optimistic for three reasons.

During the summer, seven players improved their skills by attending basketball camp and playing in a league.

This year's tryouts included around 30 freshmen, a turnout that left a strong base for future talent.

And a group of three knowledgeable assistant coaches -- all of whom played college basketball -- now works with Waters.

One of the assistants is Audrey Smith, the sister of Washington Bullets guard LaBradford Smith.

"I had players in '89-90 and '90-91 that could score triple-doubles in points, rebounding and steals," Waters said. "Last year, I didn't have one person who averaged double figures in scoring. It was a big adjustment."

After placing as state runner-up in 1990-91, the Scorpions lost seven three-year players.

Waters hopes to win as a team with senior Julie Lappert (5-foot-6 guard), juniors Missy Singleton (5-6 guard), Kristen Ostlie (5-9 guard/forward), Alicia Browne (5-10 forward) and Amy Caldwell (5-9 forward), and 6-1 sophomore center Lauren McHargue. Those six -- plus 5-6 junior guard Nancy Browne who played junior varsity last year -- all participated in basketball camp.

Waters said the freshmen -- forward Terri Hayman and guard Ginny Dye -- are above par.

With Audrey Smith coaching the defense, Waters plans on using a man-to-man with her quick team.

On offense, Singleton, Lappert, Browne and Dye will alternate as the playmakers. Waters expects the most scoring from McHargue, Lappert, Singleton and Ostlie.

Waters sounds confident about the Scorpions' future prospects.

She gives Hammond the edge in Howard County this season, but doesn't count her team out.

"Even this year, we'll be better than in the past, and next year, we'll be back on top as far as contenders," Waters said.

Schedule

Dec. 7 Annapolis 6:30

Dec. 9 Linganore 6:30

Dec. 12 Thomas Johnson 2:30

Dec. 15 at Liberty 7

Dec. 18 Meade 6:30

Jan. 6 at Thomas Johnson 7:30

Jan. 8 at Wilde Lake 6

Jan. 13 at Howard 5

Jan. 15 Centennial 7:30

Jan. 20 Mount Hebron 3:30

Jan. 22 Glenelg 6

Jan. 29 Hammond 7:30

Feb. 3 at Atholton 5

Feb. 5 Wilde Lake 7:30

Feb. 10 Howard 3:30

Feb. 12 at Centennial 6

Feb. 16 at Mount Hebron 5

Feb. 18 at Glenelg 7:30

Feb. 23 at Hammond 3:30

Feb. 25 Atholton 6

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