Centennial hoping to get a lift from fall success

December 06, 1993|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Contributing Writer

New Centennial coach Tony Miceli hopes the Eagles' winning ways from the fall season prove contagious this winter as the basketball team attempts to improve upon last season's last-place county finish (1-13).

"I'm fortunate that so many of my players participated in soccer, field hockey and cross country," said Miceli, who last coached Hammond's boys junior-varsity basketball team in the mid-1980s.

"They're easily the hardest-working group of athletes I've ever coached. I'm not going to stick my neck out and

say that the fall athletic success along with what I perceive to be a dedicated, intelligent, well-skilled and highly motivated bunch will make a difference in our overall record, but I sure hope it will."

Only three seniors are on the Eagles' 11-player roster. Guards Jeanine Lee and Kristin Rennels will join forward Kathy Gallagher in sharing the team leadership role.

Six-foot-one center Michelle Dugan will anchor the low-post position. Junior guard Michelle Brown should see substantial action.

The remainder of Miceli's players are sophomores. Forward Theresa Cabanella, guard Regina DeNisio, 5-10 center Kristine Howathorne, forward Katie McCullough, guard Brittany Deuchler and forward Meredith Brisco will see plenty of playing time, Miceli said.

As for three-point shooting, Miceli has given all of his guards the green light because they have displayed intel

ligent decision-making in scrimmages as to when to take the long-range shot.

"This is an evenly talented team. We have outstanding quickness on this team and will exploit that by playing an up-tempo offense and a pressure defense," Miceli said.

He is banking on his team's balance to catch a few opponents off-guard early in the season because the Eagles lack a go-to player that commands the opposition's top defensive talent.

"Our goal is to pick up points for the playoffs early in the season because once the county schedule starts it becomes difficult because of the small-school size and the tough competition," Miceli said.

"I know Mount Hebron has moved up from Class 2A into our region, but we're not concerned with them. We're just concerned with ourselves and landing one of the six playoff positions."

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