Experience gives Cavaliers a good shot Archbishop Spalding GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW

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

If it's true that there's no substitute for speed, then experience and depth must be essential additives. The girls basketball team at Archbishop Spalding has both.

The Cavaliers return nine players who coach Paul Leimkuhler says "understand the system and execute as a unit."

Whether that's enough to lift Spalding to the upper echelon of the Catholic League is still a question, but it's reason enough for Leimkuhler to stick around an additional year to find out.

"I think I have the strongest team, top to bottom, that I've ever had here at Spalding," said Leimkuhler, who begins his ninth year as coach of the Cavs. "They gave me a reason to want to come back and coach.

"I don't know how we compare around the league, but I definitely see us being competitive if we stay healthy and don't make too many mistakes."

Amy Langville is one of six seniors back from last year's 8-17 campaign. Langville, a 5-foot-8 guard, led Spalding last season with 13.0 points a game while averaging 6.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds.

"Her offensive fundamentals and ball-handling skills are exquisite," Leimkuhler said of Langville, who signed a letter of intent earlier this year to attend Mount St. Mary's.

Langville's supporting cast of seniors includes forwards Aisha Boyd (5-7) and Lisa Canter (5-8), and guards Karen Keeley, Kelly Mabe and Katie Meloro. Mabe, a 5-5 shooting guard averaged 11.0 points and 2.0 assists last year and supplied smothering defense. Carrie Parsons also returns after starting last season as a sophomore. The 5-10 forward led the Cavaliers in rebounding with 10.0 a game and was the second-leading scorer, averaging 10.0.

"As far as I know, we've never won the league title, so I'd just like to see us in the race," Leimkuhler said.

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