Sophomore Davis is key for Saints St. Mary's GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

December 03, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Harry Dobson couldn't have asked for much more from his St. Mary's girls basketball team last season.

In his first year at the helm, the Saints surprised a lot of people when they finished with a 23-4 record and were crowned Catholic League regular-season and tournament champions.

But now, the word is out, and Dobson isn't keeping it a secret from his players.

"I already told my girls that this year we're not going to sneak up on anybody," said Dobson. "When you're the defending champs, everyone is out to beat you. Everyone is going to be looking to knock us off."

It won't be easy.

St. Mary's is without Randall Goldsborough and the team-high 15 points a game she provided last year.

Enter sophomore Annetta Davis.

Davis, a 5-foot-9 forward who spent last season on the junior varsity, makes the move up with the same high expectations junior Bridget Smith faced when she joined the Saints' varsity as a freshman.

"I'm telling you, keep an eye on this girl," Dobson said of Davis. "She's going to be a player. She's a good jumper and she plays big."

Smith already has come up big for the Saints. Last season the 5-4 point guard averaged 8.5 assists, 5.0 steals and 5.0 rebounds, and was third-leading scorer with 10.0 points behind Goldsborough and another departed senior Amy Mikula (10.5).

Senior Ann Donovan returns for the Saints after missing most of last season with torn ligaments in her knee. The 5-10 forward is expected to control the boards and supply a bulk of the inside scoring along with 5-11 senior forward Nicole Bourgouis.

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