Owls put up brave front, but backcourt is question LOCAL SPORTS: GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW Westminster

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

For every bright spot that appears in the Westminster girls basketball lineup this season, there seems to be a question mark somewhere else for second-year coach Bernie Koontz.

The Owls have three starters and three other key contributors back from last year's 12-11 team, which reached the regional playoffs, but also have some big shoes to fill due to graduation.

L It leaves Koontz with what he calls a wait-and-see attitude.

"I think we'll be all right inside. We don't have any single dominant player, but we do have some good size all around, which could create problems in matching up with us," Koontz said.

"We're really going to need someone to step up and be assertive running the point."

Koontz is looking to senior Heather Mauritz to fill the void left behind by graduated point guard Stephanie Morningstar, who last year led the county in assists.

Mauritz is working hard on learning the position, and Koontz says the key will be how well she can play within her abilities and use the players around her.

The Owls' strength this season will be up front, with the return of seniors Tinah Houck, Kenya Warfield and Denise Bollinger -- all of whom started at one time or another last year.

"All three can do a strong job on the boards, and we should be able to get a few put-backs from each," Koontz said.

Last season, Houck finished second in the county in rebounding, with just less than 10 a game, and also averaged around eight points.

Koontz will need more scoring from all three -- along with senior guard Jessica Farinholt (eight points a game last season) -- to offset the loss of last year's leading scorer Judie Marcus (12 a game).

"We're going to play an up-tempo game when we can. The key will be playing smart and taking care of the ball," Koontz said.

"We'll also have to be able to slow things down and control the tempo against certain teams who we'll not be able to run against."

Adding depth in the backcourt will be junior returnee Brooke Holland, along with sophomores Gena Megan and Lauren Kadlubowski.

"We'd like to get back to the regional tournament, but we have to take care of our own back yard first by shooting for a county title," Koontz said.

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