After two games, Pioneers find progress tough to measure Team on both ends of blowouts

December 10, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Two games have passed, and it's still difficult to get a clear reading on the Anne Arundel Community College women's basketball team.

One opponent barely could field a squad, and the players it had were undersized. The other was ranked No. 2 nationally in Division III last season.

L Two blowouts, with Anne Arundel winning one and losing one.

L A clear reading? It couldn't get much foggier at this point.

Somewhere in between these results -- a 76-32 victory over Montgomery-Rockville and a 76-40 loss to Ocean Community College (N.J.) -- lies Anne Arundel's true competitiveness, says third-year coach Tom Smith.

Montgomery-Rockville had only five players, and "we ran them pretty hard," Smith said.

Against Ocean CC, the seven-member Pioneers couldn't stay out of foul trouble. Coupled with the lingering effects of a long bus ride to New Jersey, they gradually fell out of contention after being tied 12-12 in the first six minutes.

"The first game was good for getting stats," said sophomore forward Ann Heiser, a Severna Park graduate who had 21 points, 15 rebounds and four assists against Rockville.

"The second game, it seemed like we were dead from the trip. We were flat; we weren't altogether there."

Six-foot center Tiffany Clayton (Arundel) said, "We made some mistakes in the first game, and we made a lot of mistakes in the last one."

With their next game not until Dec. 20, at home against Allegheny College (Pa.), the Pioneers have plenty of time to regroup. And to rework their offense with the addition of an eighth player, guard Tammy Brown, who sat out the first two games for disciplinary reasons.

Brown, a Broadneck High graduate who recently signed with the University of Maryland, will see time at both guard positions and at small forward, but most of her minutes will be spent at the point. And that means the Pioneers can begin pushing the ball up the floor.

"She'll make a big difference with our ball-handling and opening up the passing lanes," Smith said.

And she'll improve the Pioneers' outside shooting. Most of their scoring has come inside, especially from Clayton and forwards Heiser and Lindee Sisk (Southern). The trio combined for 61 points and 44 rebounds against Rockville.

"She plays a different style of ball," Sisk said of Brown. "She'll probably be able to get the offense running better. She thinks when she plays, and she sees a lot of things that other people wouldn't see."

Brown will join a backcourt that includes Kim Smith (Southern), whose debut at point guard against Rockville produced seven points and 11 assists.

"That's probably the most assists any player has had since I've been here," Tom Smith said.

Cindy Whipple (Annapolis Area Christian School) and Lisa Purkins (Glen Burnie) also play the guard position. The tallest Pioneer is 6-1 Vickie Goss (Annapolis Area Christian School), a reserve center who had four points against Rockville.

"I think we can be a good team," Clayton said. "We just have to work some things out. The potential is there.

"We have to work on our plays. We run through them in practice, but then in the game, one person goes this way instead of that way."

Said Sisk: "There are certain aspects of the game we do well, and there are things we really need to work on.

"We're still working out the bugs."

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