Falcons are in position for jump ball Severna Park GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

December 03, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Name a position on Severna Park's girls basketball team, and it's likely that at least two players are vying for it. In some cases, more.

That's probably to be expected after a 9-14 season, especially when three players graduated -- including leading scorer Jill Natwick -- and two others didn't return. But it also is an indication of the versatility and athleticism that could reverse Severna Park's fortunes.

At point guard, the candidates include seniors Amy Carnaggio, who started most of the games last year, and Kate Marks, and junior Erin McNeally. Marks (5 feet 10), also could wind up at center if she beats out senior Kris Drapalski (5-11), juniors Jen Conner (5-9), Jenny Hatch (6-0) and Keishia Brown (6-0) and sophomore Sandy Jenkin (5-9). Hatch and Brown were on the junior varsity last year.

Marks also could play forward. Conner, and seniors Amy Patton (a 5-9 transfer from Laurel), Brandee Snyder (5-11) and Jenny Shanahan (5-9) are other potential forwards. Snyder was a center last year.

The list of shooting guards includes McNeally, Patton and junior Kathy McCafferty, who is up from the junior varsity.

"This year's team is completely different," coach Kevin McGrath said. "Last year, we had three kids who were around 6 foot. Out of the three kids, one was pretty comfortable offensively, and the other two were kind of feeling their way through it.

"Normally, we have smaller kids who are real good athletes who can play the guard spot. This year, we have five or six kids right around 6 foot. The emphasis is probably going to be a little different. As long as we can keep a nice, balanced attack and play some good defense, we'll be all right because we should be able to rebound with just about anybody."

The Falcons made the playoffs "by the tail of our pants" last year, McGrath said, and were ousted by Annapolis, 58-38, in the first round.

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