Injuries take spring out of Pioneers' step Inside game is most affected AACC notebook

February 11, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel Community College's women's basketball team had split its previous two games before yesterday's meeting with host Frederick, but a greater concern for coach Tom Smith is the Pioneers' health.

Forward Ann Heiser, a Severna Park graduate, is playing with shin splints that are affecting her performance in the second half of games. Another forward, Southern graduate Lindee Sisk, sprained her ankle with about 18 minutes left in a 72-63 win over Potomac State on Saturday.

Sisk, who is averaging 15.0 points and 10 rebounds, was expected to miss at least two more games. Without her in the lineup, the Pioneers were upset by Prince George's on Tuesday, 70-68, lowering their record to 15-6.

Losing Sisk "really hurt us inside," Smith said. "It makes a big difference. We miss her points, but we really miss her defense and rebounding inside. Prince George's hurt us on the boards real bad."

Tiffany Clayton, an Arundel graduate, had 14 rebounds. But Sisk's absence and Heiser's ineffectiveness once her injury flares up leave a void that even the 6-foot Clayton can't fill alone.

"Injuries are really hurting us. It's been tough down the stretch because we haven't been healthy," Smith said.

Point guard Tammy Brown has been awfully tough down the stretch. The Broadneck graduate totaled 71 points in Saturday's 72-63 win over Potomac State and Monday's loss to Prince George's. Included in her shooting spree were nine three-pointers. She also had nine assists against Prince George's.

Brown, who has missed five games for disciplinary reasons and been ejected from two others, is averaging 29.5 points, second most in the nation among junior college players.

"I'm real happy with her play the last two games. And not only that, a couple of the girls are down emotionally and not playing well, and she's been the one trying to pick them up on the court. It's nice to see that," Smith said.

Another guard, Southern graduate Kim Smith, may not be putting up the same numbers as Brown, but she's beginning to find the mark from the outside. Smith had 10 points against Potomac and 11 against Prince George's, and had three three-pointers in each game.

She is averaging 10 points in her past six games, as Anne Arundel continues to score more effectively from the perimeter than close to the basket.

"Kim has been a big plus," said Tom Smith. "Now we have another threat outside when they double-team Tammy. But we're not shooting the ball well around the basket. We're living too much from the outside. We're not putting in the five- or six-footers."

Anne Arundel travels to Garrett on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game, and closes the regular season Tuesday at Howard. The Maryland JuCo Tournament begins Feb. 19 at Essex, with the Region XX tournament the following week at Frederick.

The national tournament is scheduled for March 18-20 in Hagerstown.

"If we can get healthy and stay out of foul trouble," said Tom Smith, "I think we can play with anybody."

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