Lions look to Wolff for scoring LOCAL SPORTS: GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW Liberty

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

The perfect scenario for the Liberty girls basketball team this season would be to have senior Amy Wolff bring the ball downcourt and pass it to Wolff on the wing.

Because that enticing option is out, coach Tom DeLise has decided to have Wolff be on the receiving end of the first pass this season, instead of giving up the ball, as she did last season when she played point guard.

"I prefer not to have Amy handle the ball," said DeLise. "I want her to get the first pass, not make the first pass."

DeLise's intentions are for obvious reasons. He needs Wolff with the ball in her hands going to the basket and looking for more points than the 10 she averaged last season.

Wolff needs to step up the scoring pace to replace the 14.8 points per game that Kelly Foreman gave the team last year on her way to leading the county in scoring.

Foreman, who also averaged 7.5 rebounds, has graduated, leaving Wolff in the spotlight this season with senior forward Dani Fostik.

Wolff did a lot of outstanding things for the 8-14 Lions last season in addition to averaging 10.0 points. She averaged 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 3.5 assists.

"Amy's an excellent athlete, very aggressive and plays like a boy," said DeLise. "She'll be on the wing and inside for us."

So, who will be making that first pass to Wolff to get the 2A Liberty offense started?

DeLise has four players vying for Wolff's old position. They are senior Kim Ross (who missed all of last season with a knee injury), juniors Heather Basham and Robin Leeds and sophomore Amy Rose.

"It may take a few games before we decide who gets the job," said DeLise. "We want to run an up-tempo game and press a lot. But I'm not sure how quickly we can learn how to do all those things. We hope to get at least four players in double figures."

Fostik, 5 feet 8, will try to provide the scoring and rebounding up front that Foreman gave the Lions last season. She has been on the varsity three years and is considered an excellent leader.

Senior forward Katie Kelbaugh and senior shooting guard Dawn Wilhelm are set to start along with Wolff and Fostik. One of the top reserves will be sophomore guard Natalie Hannibal.

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