Jeffery, Douglas set to spark title defense North Carroll

December 03, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

No one is feeling sorry for defending county champion North Carroll these days.

The 2A Panthers lost five seniors from last season's 16-8 team (6-1 in the county), but a lot of talent returns.

The flash comes in the form of the senior inside-outside combination of forward Michele Jeffery and point guard Ashlee Douglas.

Jeffery can flat-out play the inside game, and Douglas is a floor leader who often thinks ahead of coach Greg Knill.

The dependability comes from the next four players on the team -- seniors Francine Hewes and Kara Tedder and juniors Casey Rhoten and Jenny Baker.

"I have a lot of confidence in the top six players," said Knill. "At this point, I don't know what to expect from the rest of the team."

When pressed Knill said, "We have the ability to repeat. I'm not sure what the other teams in the county will show up with. A lot will depend on how deep we can go."

Jeffery and Douglas are the marquee players.

Jeffery broke the school single-season rebounding record last season (285, for an average of 11.8), and she averaged 12 points.

Douglas has been a star since her first game on the varsity as a sophomore. She scored 10 points in her debut and ran the offense like a veteran.

Knill said: "Ashlee and I have been together since the ninth grade, when I coached the JV team. She usually tells me what I'm thinking before I say it."

Behind the top six are sophomores Jill Ballard, Cori Bradford and Teresa Mays and juniors Laura Burkhouse and Jenny Renner.

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