Dean goes on the offensive John Carroll senior working on her three-point range

January 17, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Most of the year, Amy Dean concentrates on defense. But during basketball season, the John Carroll guard leads her team in offense.

A 5-foot-5 senior, Dean averages 12.0 points for the Patriots, who are in sixth place in the Catholic League.

For the past two years, Dean has maintained that consistent 12-point scoring average. Now, she has added a three-point shot that could give that average a boost.

Earlier in the season, she scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Patriots to a 59-39 victory over the Institute of Notre Dame, a team now ranked No. 18 by The Sun.

"It just seemed like I could not miss. It was the greatest feeling. It was the first time I'd ever scored a three-pointer in a real game," said Dean, who hopes to play in college and has drawn the attention of coaches at Washington College and the College of Notre Dame.

Monday, Dean scored nine points and had five rebounds, three steals and two assists in the Patriots' 44-36 win over Edgewood. The Rams and North Harford are the only Harford County teams on the Patriots' schedule, but the Patriots (4-6, 2-5 league) enjoy playing teams close to home.

"Playing against county teams gives us a chance to prove ourselves in our own area," said Dean. "I don't think people up here really understand how competitive the Catholic League is and that we are a good team."

The Patriots' record is a bit deceptive. Five of their losses have come against top 20 teams. Wednesday, they fell to No. 11 Mercy, 60-30, and Thursday, they dropped a 69-55 game to No. 5 St. Mary's. The Patriots also have lost to No. 7 Archbishop Spalding, No. 12 McDonogh and 15th-ranked St. Frances.

Five of the seven Catholic League teams on the Patriots' schedule are ranked in The Sun's Top 20.

The biggest problem for the Patriots is their lack of height. Coach Joe Rehrmann uses a three-guard offense looking for good outside shooting and a lot of points on transition.

Dean and junior Krystin Porcella take turns running the offense, and they work well together. Both look for the open man inside, but more often than not, they have to put up the shots.

"Sometimes I feel pressure that I have to shoot the ball," said Dean, the team's captain. "The big people might not be boxing out or getting position, so I feel like I have to score if I have the ball. That puts a lot of pressure on the guards."

But Dean is used to the pressure.

An All-Catholic League defender in soccer and an All Association of Independent Schools B Division defender in lacrosse, she has faced some of the area's best attack players in both sports.

"I've always liked defense, because it's a challenge. When you're an offensive player, you know what you're going to do, but when you play defense, you have to use your smarts and your skills to psyche them out," said Dean, who played sweeper for the Catholic League runners-up in soccer.

L Dean's versatility has made her a top player in every sport.

"Amy's typical of a lot of the athletes we have in that she's good at more than one sport," said Rehrmann, who also coaches the Patriots' soccer team.

"For instance, a lot of teams we play in the Catholic League have basically basketball players. Those girls may not play other sports. The fact that Amy does all three is a tribute to her ability and her dedication. It's hard to play three sports and not concentrate on one."

Dean has played four sports at John Carroll. All along, she played soccer and basketball. As a freshman, she played softball, but then took up lacrosse as a sophomore.

"I always wanted to play three sports to keep myself busy. It helps me budget my time," said Dean, a member of the National Honor Society who carries a 3.8 grade-point average. "I guess the more things I do, the more organized I have to be to get everything done."

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