Bruins, with 2 seniors back and a lot of youth, need time Broadneck GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

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

Although with the most inexperienced team since he started at Broadneck in 1987, coach Bruce Springer expects his Bruins to maintain their upper-level status among county Class 4A teams.

Springer led the Bruins to a 20-4 record last season, including a humbling 62-32 loss to two-time state champion Old Mill in the Region IV final. All-County performers Ava Tasker (second team) and 6-foot-1 Jen Chapman (third team) have been graduated, and only two seniors return.

Guard Missy Lewandowski (5-8), who Springer expects to be "one of our top scorers," is the only returning senior with playing time a year ago. Senior forward Aimee Byard (5-7) is back, but did not letter last season.

Junior Julie Barr (5-11), who Springer said was "one of the best sophomore centers in the county last year," returns with sophomore guard Jill Smith (5-4), and that's it in terms of varsity experience.

"It's hard to say how well we can do because we are so young, the most inexperienced team we've had since my first year," said Springer, whose first squad went 15-9 and then won back-to-back state titles with the addition of Annapolis transfer Tammy Brown in 1989 and 1990.

Springer said he knows that his current team needs time together.

"As the season goes on, this group should get better, but I know everybody hopes for that," Springer said. "We have quickness and speed, and may go to four guards and a center, but the jury is still out on our shooting ability."

Grads from a JV team (13-5) are juniors Katy Kemerer (5-5), Katey Nolan (5-8) and Susannah Johnson (5-8), and sophomores elevated to varsity are Michelle Trudeau (5-9), Tara Jensen (5-9), Jessica Marshall (5-10) and Katie Forthofer (6-0).

Freshmen Alicia Nagowski (5-6) and Rachel Taylor (5-5) also made the team.

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