Cavs' system ready for fine-tuning

December 06, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

South Carroll coach Al Skierski's system is very basic -- every player has her own role.

The objective is to emphasize a player's strength and hide her weaknesses. All 11 players that earned a varsity spot will contribute in their own way.

Skierski made believers out of everyone in his first year last season, guiding the young Cavs to a region playoff appearance despite losing their top scorer and rebounder, Nicole Spencer, with a knee injury.

Eight players return with a year's worth of understanding in the system.

"Having eight of the 11 players knowing the system is a big help," Skierski said.

"Instead of learning this year, we'll put in the finer details. Everyone is adapting and working well together as a team."

Spencer (a 5-foot-9 junior) is "close to back to normal" after rehabilitation following knee surgery and a solid volleyball season this fall, said Skierski. That doesn't bode well for opponents, who saw her dominate at times in the early going last season.

"She's extremely important with the experience and good leadership she brings. Nicole's our inside game both offensively and defensively," Skierski said.

A healthy Spencer teamed with fellow juniors Amber Clutter (5-5 point guard) and Melissa Gettemy (5-7 forward/guard) gives the Cavs a returning nucleus that's hard to match in the county.

"Amber does a very good job handling the ball for us. Sometimes she's too unselfish in that she'll pass instead of looking for her own shot. She's extremely quick and has good court sense," Skierski said.

"Melissa has good quickness at the forward position and is developing an outside shot. She drives very well, is very aggressive and is a great leaper for her size."

The Cavaliers also will rely on seniors Molly Cage (forward), Amy Thompson (guard) and Sara South (center) to play their part in the South Carroll puzzle. Cage was particularly impressive in stepping up last season after Spencer went down. At 6 feet, South gives the Cavaliers size inside.

Also back is junior Erin Nauyalis, whose solid play at both ends of the court got her more and more time at the forward spot as a sophomore.

Sophomore guards Carrie Tamburo, Amy Stephenson and Sarah McGinley also will contribute along with 6-1 freshman center Ce Wagner.

The Cavaliers will play mostly a very aggressive man-to-man defense while pushing it up the floor with Clutter running the offense.

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