Aberdeen Eagles 1992-93 record: 7-12. Coach: George...

December 06, 1993|By John W. Stewart

Aberdeen Eagles 1992-93 record: 7-12. Coach: George Connolly.

Top players: Pamela Bess, G, 5-6, Jr.; Tanika Brown, F, 5-9, Sr.; Stephanie Hooks, F, 5-7, Sr.; Erna Jones, G, 5-7, Sr.; Shawna Staten, C, 5-11, Jr.

Outlook: This team does not have the speed it did a year ago, so Connolly is having to change some things to complement his personnel. Two projected starters, Shawna Staten and VerAnita Brown, have been sidelined by injuries.

Bel Air Bobcats 1992-93 record: 3-17. Coach: Phyllis Hemmes.

Top players: Joie Acosta, F, 5-5, Jr.; Amy Finlayson, C, 5-11, Sr.; Jaime Kocher, F, 5-7, Sr.; Katie Merrick, F/C, 5-9, Jr.; Danielle Rohde, G, 5-3, Sr.; Jean Tyrrell, G, 5-6, Jr.; Amy Whitsel, F/C, 5-11, Jr.

Outlook: With more and better experience on hand, the prospects are bright for improvement. The team should be quicker than a year ago.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs 1992-93 record: 16-5. Coach: Gloria Leidlich.

Top players: Becky Gerhart, G, 5-6, Soph.; Miranda James, F/G, 5-8, Soph.; Jen Moculski, F, 5-8, Sr.; Erin Updegrove, F, 5-9, Soph.; Willow Waldrop, F, 5-8, Sr.

Outlook: There are no returning starters from last year's county runner-up, so Leidlich finds herself with another cluster of sophomores ready to make major contributions. They need experience, but their strength is speed and quickness.

Edgewood Rams 1992-93 record: 15-9. Coach: Matt Rankin.

Top players: Tamika McFallls, G/F, 5-7, Sr.; Erika Pleasant, G, 5-8, Sr.; Shelby Washington, G, 5-6, Sr.; Nicole Wilson, F/C, 5-10, Sr.

Outlook: Four seniors had a lot of playing time for a vastly improved team a year ago, and that, plus their quickness are the strengths for this season. Karmin Jones, Rebecca Lesesne and Sharron Wesson are after the fifth position. There is a lack of depth, and second-year coach Matt Rankin is trying to put together the right combinations.

Fallston Cougars 1992-93 record: 18-5. Coach: Nancy Ferguson.

Top players: Candy Credito, C, 6-0, Jr.; Suzy Harrison, F, 5-9, Jr.; Lori Heffley, G, 5-3, Jr.; Jenny Weber, G/F, 5-9, Jr.

Outlook: The four juniors are together for the third straight year (they went to the state tournament the past two), but the rest of the squad is inexperienced. Ferguson must now fine-tune the operation to get the right combinations.

Harford Christian Eagles 1992-93 record: 28-1. Coach: Brian Akers.

Top players: Suzanne Akers, G, 5-3, Sr.; Becky Geisendaffer, G, 5-6, Jr.; Jen Lowenstein, F, 5-8, Jr.; Jettie Moir, F, 5-9, Jr.; Laura Thomas, F, 6-2, Sr., F.

Outlook: This is expected to be a rebuilding year after losing three three-year starters to graduation. The key holdovers are four-year standout Laura Thomas and three-year point guard Suzanne Akers.

Havre de Grace Warriors 1992-93 record: 0-19. Coach: Kathy Graybeal.

Top players: Courtney Craig, G, 5-6, Sr.; Evette Demby, G, 5-5, Sr.; Zakiyya Muhammad, F, 5-7, Soph.; Simanco Staley, G, 5-5, Sr.; Rakha Wesley, F, 5-9, Sr.

Outlook: Graybeal has a good group that is responsive to what she is trying to do, and improvement is expected. Freshman Raven Reedy, a guard with excellent skills, could add to the excitement.

John Carroll Patriots 1992-93 record: 9-13. Coach: Joe Rehrmann.

Top players: Nina Galluzzo, F, 5-10, Sr.; Laurie Giorno, G, 5-6, Sr.; Krystin Porcella, G, 5-4, Sr.; Heather Pyzik, F, 5-9, Jr.; Jessica Schrader, F, 5-9, Jr.; Teri Tobash, G, 5-5, Sr.

Outlook: The Patriots will be looking to make the Catholic League playoffs for a third straight year, but it will be tougher than in the past. Porcella (12.4 ppg, 5.0 apg, and 4.0 spg) is the only returning starter.

Joppatowne Mariners

1992-93 record: 11-12. Coach: Lynette Shelley.

Top players: Brandi Barnes, C, 6-1, Soph.; Dionna Bishop, G, 5-6, Sr.; Denae Boyd, G, 5-5, Sr.; Santae Boyd, F, 5-9, Sr.; Kristin Conway, F, 6-0, Sr.; Lauren Glaze, G, 5-2, Sr.; Takesha Holly, F, 5-11, Sr.

Outlook: Six seniors and a sophomore from a regional finalist give the Mariners an experienced group, and Shelley is concentrating on keeping them focused.

North Harford Hawks 1992-93 record: 14-8. Coach: Lin James.

Top players: Melissa Anderson, G, 5-9, Sr.; Nicki Bogarty, G, 5-8, Sr.; Trish Daughton, C, 5-10, Sr.; Melinda Virts, F, 5-9, Jr.; Jennifer Walter, F, 5-7, Sr.

Outlook: Although the Hawks are experienced, James is aware they still must prove themselves, and has provided a good December schedule in which to do it. Six-foot newcomer Julie Bateman appears ready for playing time.

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