Younger Scorpions face bigger test

December 06, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Oakland Mills coach Teresa Waters got some bad news even before practice began -- three potential starters would not return.

Two defected to the indoor track team and a third, senior Kristen Ostlie, will miss the season with a back injury. Those players had helped boost the Scorpions from a 1-21 team two years ago to a five-game winner last season.

Waters had hoped to improve enough to contend for the county title. She still thinks the Scorpions can compete, but there may be some ups and downs -- especially with a bench full of underclassmen.

"We're going to be weak as far as our bench until the other girls learn the system, but I don't think anybody should take us lightly. I think we're going to definitely be in the upper 50 percent [in the county]," Waters said.

Waters will rely heavily on her only upperclassmen, Lauren McHargue, Missy Singleton and Amy Caldwell.

McHargue, a 6-foot-2 junior center, averaged 10.0 points and 14.0 rebounds off her strong inside game. Singleton, a 5-6 senior guard, should improve on her 8.0 points-per-game clip. Caldwell, a 5-9 senior forward, will help McHargue on the boards and with inside scoring.

Rounding out the starting lineup will be a couple of sophomores who saw lots of action last season. Ginny Dye, a 5-6 point guard, will run the offense while Terri Hayman, a 5-9 forward, also moves into the starting rotation.

The entire bench is new to the varsity team with five sophomores and a freshman. Kristy Alexander, a 5-5 guard, transferred from Virginia, and 6-0 center/forward Sabrina Warner, 5-7 guard Katie Vatalaro and 5-6 guard Katie Combs move up from the junior varsity. New to the team are 5-7 freshman guard Nyiesha Ford and 5-9 sophomore forward Jena Blackstone.

With her young group, Waters looks for a strong team effort and already sees the signs of a tight-knit group. "This is a very unselfish team," Waters said. "Nobody has to have all the glory."

In addition, the Scorpions should benefit from a year of working together. Offensively, they look well-rounded with McHargue one of the county's top inside threats as well as some potential for good outside shooting. Defensively, the Scorpions will play man to man looking for an up-tempo game.

The early goals for the Scorpions are simple, but they could be revised if success comes quickly.

"We just want to improve from last year," Waters said. "I don't want to set anything too terribly high or set anything too low. I think they have more potential than they realize. We want to improve and go as far as we can."

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