Cavaliers' game plan is to be off to the races South Carroll

December 03, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

After 15 years of methodical, half-court offense and tight, conservative defense under former coach Ruth Lampert, the South Carroll Cavaliers are trying something new under first-year coach Al Skierski.

"Racehorse basketball," Skierski calls it.

"We're going to run on offense and trap on defense. The kids are still getting used to the new system, but seem to enjoy it and are giving it 100 percent."

Skierski is returning to coaching after a nine-year absence. From 1978 to 1983, he was the girls head coach at High Point High in Prince George's County.

He enjoyed success with the run-and-gun style there and says he has the athletes to do the same at South Carroll.

"Most of these kids are athletes and not just basketball players," he said. "Having played other sports at the varsity level, they know the demands and pressures of winning and losing."

The roster is full of players who have just completed banner years in fall sports.

Skierski will look to three seniors -- Patti Duffy, Hillary Griffith and Melissa Moore -- for much-needed leadership on a team that didn't lose a senior to graduation.

Duffy, a guard, and Griffith, a forward, both played big roles on the field hockey team, which reached the state final; Moore, a forward, anchored a young defense on the state-qualifying soccer team.

Joining Moore from the soccer team is sophomore guard Amber Clutter. Volleyball players Nicole Spencer (center) and Melissa Gettemy (forward), both sophomores, also will play key roles, along with juniors Molly Cage (forward) and Amy Thompson (guard).

Skierski says he doesn't have a set lineup, but that all 13 players on the roster will play.

"We're going to try to get all 13 girls involved," he said. "If they made varsity, they deserve a chance to contribute; it's just a matter of what they can contribute and how much. They all have positive attitudes and are very supportive of one another."

Skierski is trying to mold a cohesive unit, with each individual able to do a little of everything.

"The bigger players will have to be able to do the same things the smaller players can, and the smaller players will have to do some things the bigger ones can. We'll make some mistakes in the beginning, but eventually everyone will be able to do a little of everything."

Skierski is integrating the same program for the junior varsity and freshmen to keep everyone going in the same direction.

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