Level play getting to Smith AACC notebook

January 21, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

The Anne Arundel Community College women's basketball team has won four games in a row, including Tuesday's 67-42 rout of host Essex.

So why isn't coach Tom Smith ecstatic?

fTC "We played flat [Tuesday]," he said. "We have a tendency once in a while when we're playing somebody that doesn't have too good of a record to come out and think they've won the game before it's played. I got on them at halftime."

It showed. The Pioneers outscored Essex 20-0 in the first seven minutes of the second half to build on a 40-26 lead. They shot 31-for-67 overall.

"When they want to play, there's no doubt they can play," Smith said. "But sometimes they have a tendency to come out and just float up and down the court and play to the level of the competition.

"There's no doubt when they come out and play the way they're capable of playing, they can play with just about anybody in Division II."

Point guard Tammy Brown, a Broadneck graduate, led Anne Arundel on Tuesday with 23 points, four below her average. Guard/forward Lindee Sisk (Southern) had 16 points, and forward Ann Heiser (Severna Park) contributed 13.

Sisk and Heiser each are averaging about 15 points. Smith calls Sisk, who scored 16 points in a 65-36 win over Dundalk on Friday, "a real surprise" who could be averaging around 18 points if she were "a little stronger" at the foul line.

Arundel graduate Tiffany Clayton has been solid on the boards, averaging 16.0 rebounds in the Pioneers' past six games. She had 16 points and 16 rebounds in a 68-64 win over Potomac State on Saturday.

Anne Arundel (8-3, 6-2 in Maryland JuCo) just completed the third of five straight road games. It doesn't return home until Jan. 29, against Prince George's.

"That doesn't bother me," said Smith, whose team travels to Hagerstown on Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. game. "We played at home early and I was glad we did."

Men's basketball

Anne Arundel men's basketball coach Rick Bloom should find out later this week whether a couple of players deemed academically ineligible will be returning to the team.

In the meantime, the six-man Pioneers are doing just fine, having gone 3-1 since the roster was pared with the removal of seven players. The only loss came against Dundalk, 89-79.

"At this point, I just can't help but be ecstatic by the way the players have responded and adjusted to their different roles," Bloom said.

The Pioneers had a forfeit victory Tuesday over Charles, which dropped its program after poor grades took away most of the team. They routed Frederick, 103-68, on Saturday, behind 31 points from Steve Strauss, 25 from Gene Pleyo and 20 from Gene Slocum.

"That's a team we had lost to at their place earlier, with some very unique officiating," Bloom said with a laugh. "The players were primed and ready to go this time. And it was more of a blowout than the score indicates. We were up by 43 at one point."

Strauss, a Northeast graduate, continues to lead Anne Arundel in scoring at 17.0 points. Pleyo (Northeast) and Slocum (Annapolis) are averaging 16.0 and 15.0 points, respectively.

Anne Arundel (17-7, 11-6 in Maryland JuCo) is home today for a 4 p.m. game against Montgomery-Rockville.

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