Westminster's Holland has a few complaints Owls guard is up front about team's selfishness

January 26, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Brooke Holland's eyes sparkle when she talks about leading the Westminster girls basketball team down the floor on a fast break for two quick points.

The junior guard has done that often enough this season to put up some impressive numbers (12.4 points a game, 4.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists) for the Owls.

That part of the game has been fun for Holland. But her enthusiasm dims when she talks about a lack of teamwork on the up-and-down Westminster squad.

"There are a lot of problems on the team," said Holland. "Some of the players don't like each other. A certain group gets along. We have people being selfish and complaining about not getting the ball enough. We're not a team right now. We need to sit down and talk and maybe we could work everything out."

According to Holland, the problems began after the first couple of games.

"Everything was fine for a while," she said. "Then the up-front players started getting upset about not getting the ball enough. Everybody needs to talk out loud about their feelings in a team meeting. We have a lot of talent and can win a lot if we work together."

Westminster coach Bernie Koontz said the 5-7 Owls' problems are centered around "some egos among the upperclassmen."

Koontz said he is considering a team meeting to air the issues.

"I think we can work through the problems," said Koontz. "One thing that has been hurting us is a lack of foot speed on transition. We're slow getting back. Also, we're not boxing out on the boards."

For Holland, 5 feet 7, quickness and speed are not problems. She is the quickest player on the team and has no problem getting up and down the court.

"Brooke scores a lot of points off transition," said Koontz. "She's a good team player and well-rounded on offense and defense. I didn't think she would be scoring this many points from her wing position. She and Tinah Houck (5-foot-11 center averaging 14 points) are in a close race for the team scoring lead."

Holland, in her second season on the varsity, said she isn't surprised by her ability to produce points.

"I've been a good shooter since I started playing in the seventh grade," she said. "Shooting is my favorite part of the game. My grandfather and father played a lot of basketball and I inherited some of their talent."

Holland and her teammates were expected to challenge North Carroll for the county championship this season. But they were upset by South Carroll last Tuesday night in a game that moved the Cavaliers into a good position to duel seventh-ranked North Carroll for top county honors.

"Al Skierski has South Carroll playing well right now," said Koontz. "I thought it would be between us and North Carroll for the county title with South Carroll a strong third. It's not working out that way now."

The Westminster coach believes his team has to play .500 ball down the stretch this season to qualify for the state class 4A regional playoffs.

And if the Owls make it that far, they most likely will have to overcome nemesis Frederick to advance to the state final four.

The Cadets eliminated Westminster in the first round of the 4A regional playoffs last season after beating the Owls twice in the regular season.

Frederick made it four in a row over Westminster two weeks ago with a lopsided victory.

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