Eagles, Braves on road to success

December 11, 1992|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Contributing Writer

You would think Annapolis Area Christian School girl basketball coach Lori Ebels would be pessimistic after losing seven seniors to graduation from a 9-7 team.

She admits that her team is inexperienced, and it isn't real big, but the third-year coach won't use any of these facts for excuses.

"Our youth is both our strong point and our weak point. We're very young, but we have some good ballplayers; we just have to come together by the second part of the season," said Ebels, whose team finished second in the six-team Christian School Athletic Association last season.

Eighth-grade point guard Heidi Moldenhauer (12 points in a 33-31 overtime loss to Arlington Baptist last Friday), and senior .. guards Rayelynn Drake and Carrie Linder are staples in the backcourt.

Five-foot-10 junior Rosalind Brown (10 points against Arlington Baptist) and 5-10 freshman center-forward Becca Thorpe are key components to the Eagles' frontcourt.

Ebels said, "The good thing about this team is that we don't have one outstanding scorer. Anyone can have a big game on any given day."

Granite Baptist

Granite Baptist coach Larry Ledbetter already knows his team is turning the corner after struggling to a 1-9 record in its initial varsity season last year.

The Braves won their first game of the season -- a 32-31 squeaker against Elkton Christian, thanks to a last-second basket by 5-10 freshman center Amy Spurlin (10 points).

Last season, Granite Baptist dropped two one-point decisions (both against Clinton Christian of Prince George's County). This year, Ledbetter sees a big difference.

"Last year, we didn't have the knowledge or the poise to pull out a close win. [Last] Friday's game was a sign of growth and learning," said Ledbetter, whose team will play a 17-game schedule.

Sophomore forward Michelle Tanner joins Spurlin and rookie sophomore Caree Baab on the front line. Junior swingman Kara Donaldson, along with younger sister Stephanie, will add athleticism and hustle to the backcourt.

"We're going to take the fast break when we have it, but we don't have too many who can keep up with Steph. But that's OK because we'll be looking to go inside to Amy Michelle," said Ledbetter.

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