Wildcats in the fast lane, far ahead of their game Arundel GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

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

If you think Lee Rogers and his Arundel Wildcats have been going fast the past couple of seasons, watch out this year.

After switching from boys basketball coach to the girls' post three years ago and going 6-16 his rookie season, Rogers has led the Cats to two straight 15-win seasons with postseason appearances and is looking to take it to another level this winter.

"When we started, we hoped to get to where we are now in four years, so we obviously have done it much faster," Rogers said.

"Our girls are excited and learned a lot from [Old Mill coach] Pat Chance. She ran it up on us in the playoffs last year [Old Mill won, 57-28] and a fire is burning. We hope to get to their level this year."

To get there and improve on a fine 15-8 season, Rogers is counting on five seasoned seniors, three of whom have at least three years of varsity experience.

Point guard Alina Smith (5 feet 5), who has started since her freshman year, leads the way. Smith was the second-leading scorer last year behind the graduated Mary Pat Fannon (11.0 average) and averaged just less than 10 points, and Rogers said she "will shoot more this year."

Sarah Melby (5-9) is another four-year player, although not a starter all the way. Roger said Melby "does the little things and intangibles."

Fara Carson (5-8) is back for a third varsity season, and Stephanie Carpenter (5-6) and Virginia Gonski (5-9) return for their second seasons.

Julie Musitano (6-0) and Courtney Finch (5-3) are returning juniors, and Rogers welcomes six more juniors who played on last year's 17-3 JV team. They are: Ginger Breneman (5-7), Megan Hughes (5-9), Jenny Woods (5-8), Ellen Schmitt (5-7), Leslie Knowles (5-7) and Kim Humelsine (5-6).

"And we've got two outstanding freshmen who will see playing time in Jenny Mottar and Shannon Noon," Rogers said.

"We will be very competitive, and it's a matter of how well our bench comes along. I've got to find a way to play them all because they can all play."

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