Wolff worth watching in any sport Liberty senior leads basketball squad

January 15, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

It's hard being Amy Wolff at Liberty High.

Wolff is a soccer, basketball and softball star. Almost every time she steps on the field or court, she is watched by college coaches and expected by her classmates and teammates to be the best player on the team.

After every basketball game, her friends ask her how many points she scored.

"That's not much fun when I have a bad game," said Wolff.

College basketball coaches ask her if she would be interested in attending their school, and reporters inquire if she plans to play all three sports in college.

College of Notre Dame basketball coach Tim Engle is one of those tracking the 5-foot-9 Wolff.

After one early-season game, Engle couldn't help but answer a reporter's question for Wolff.

When Wolff was asked what makes her tick on the floor, she hesitated.

"She has quickness and speed," said Engle.

Wolff just grinned.

Right now, Wolff said she is having too much fun playing in high school to think much about college, even though she is a senior.

"I guess it depends on what offers I get," she said. "I'm not sure who is really interested in me. I know I'd like to play at least two sports in college but it's hard to chose two because I like all three."

It's hard to find a weakness in Wolff's basketball ability.

She can shoot, drive, rebound, find nearly every open teammate on the court, play aggressive defense and get the ball inbounds against a pressure defense.

In short, the Liberty girls basketball team is lost without her.

Lions coach Tom DeLise has experienced that lost feeling all too often in the first 10 games of the season, as Wolff has been forced to the sidelines early in games because of foul trouble.

Opponents have been like sharks against Wolff, moving in for the kill once they realized she could be enticed into bad fouls through her aggressive defense.

This propensity for foul trouble has forced DeLise to lay down some defensive rules for his star player.

"Amy's not allowed to jump for blocks on shots," said DeLise. "And I've told her not to be reaching around for the ball."

Wolff said she got the message.

"No more dumb fouls," said Wolff, who is averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 3.0 assists.

Wolff's assist average would be higher but she often is denied assists on great passes when her teammates miss shots.

But Wolff refuses to blame her teammates. "Some of those are my fault," she said.

Another problem for Wolff and the Lions (5-5) has been the numerous box-and-one defenses she has been facing.

"It's a lot harder when I have one man on me all the time and the rest of the team is in a zone," she said.

In an attempt to free Wolff from these tight defenses, DeLise said he is going to a high-motion offense and move her around the floor more.

"Amy's hard to stop in the open floor and we're going to do all we can to put her in that position," he said.

"We've been relying on her too much," DeLise said. "No human being can do everything. Not even Michael Jordan. So we need to help Amy all we can. We also have to make the easy shots when Amy passes off."

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