Mustangs set for turnaround Meade GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

December 03, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Despite two straight losing seasons, including last year's 3-17 campaign, Meade coach Molly Wilson is optimistic about this season.

The Mustangs, who open at North County at 5:30 tomorrow night, have four players back and five promising underclassmen after the biggest turnout since the coach's first season. Forty-five girls, up from 20 last year, tried out for the team.

Wilson, a 1983 graduate of Meade, returned to her alma mater as girls coach in 1989. She led the Mustangs to a 12-9 record her rookie season, but has gone 5-33 since then.

"We lost all of our starters from the first year to the second, and with the frequent military transfers and lack of a good turnout, we just haven't had the experienced players the last couple years," said Wilson.

Also, a lack of stability at the junior-varsity level apparently has been remedied with Maryland City youth coach Art Uhlich taking over. Uhlich, the fourth JV coach in four years, kept 15 players and has promised to return next year.

"It's important to keep the same JV coach to maintain continuity in the program, and we have some experience this year," Wilson said. "We should be able to play with anybody in the county this season."

Fueling Wilson's confidence are senior center Adrian Toles (5 feet 10) and junior point guard Katie Sell (5-4).

"If Adrian can stay out of foul trouble, we will be tough inside and Katie is the first real ballhandler we've had here in a few years," Wilson said.

Toles, Angie Rupe (5-6) and Nikki Yerkes (5-7) are the only seniors, but there are two returning juniors, in Connie Fink (5-7) and Teneika Matthews (5-4). Yerkes played as a freshman, but hasn't played since.

Wilson says he is encouraged with the potential of sophomores Shannon Haggerty (5-7) and Jocelyn Frobish (5-7) and freshman guard Mary Rafter (5-6).

"A lot of the girls have gone to camps in the off-season and gained valuable experience, and that should make us more competitive," Wilson said.

"We've spent the last couple of years trying to teach inexperienced girls how to play, but this year we should be able to spend more time on strategy. The attitude is great, and we're looking forward to this season."

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