Transfer is right at home with Cavs Welcome addition: Newcomer Shannan Henley has provided needed scoring and rebounding for a South Carroll team that is struggling to regain its form.

January 05, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

South Carroll coach Al Skierski learned over the summer a pretty good basketball player was transferring to South Carroll.

How good? He wasn't sure.

As the public address announcer for the Cavaliers girls soccer team in the fall, he watched with curiosity. He saw a smooth junior striker named Shannan Henley score, pass and eventually earn first-team All-County honors, finishing with eight goals and four assists to help lead the Cavs to a 12-0 regular season.

"I saw she definitely had soccer skills and was a good athlete. She also had good instincts," Skierski said.

And to think soccer is more like a hobby to Henley, who plans to continue her basketball career in college.

"Basketball has been my favorite sport since I started playing back in rec league," Henley said. "I also always played soccer, but now my attention is more toward basketball. Soccer comes at the start of the [fall] season, and I usually don't touch a soccer ball again until next season."

Henley, a transfer from St. John's at Prospect Hall in Frederick, is just as fluid on the basketball court, doing a little bit of everything for a South Carroll team that lost its top three starters to graduation.

"She's just a junior and already a very complete player," Skierski said. "She does a whole lot of things. She's like a point forward for us as far as running the offense. She's not afraid to put up the three-point shot and looks for teammates inside. She also rebounds and has good ball-handling skills."

Henley, who stands 5 feet 8, is averaging 17 points and eight rebounds a game, but the Cavaliers (3-5) are still trying to find the right mesh after a 22-2 season last year. New players have been added and some of the returning players are still getting used to bigger roles.

Center Ce Wagener and Henley have scored consistently, but other than them, only guard Lindsey Vosloh has reached double-digits in scoring and just once.

"Most of us haven't played together so we need a little more time, but it's coming," Henley said. "The defense has been there, but we haven't been showing much on offense. We're just not working well enough yet on offense."

Over the holiday, the Cavaliers won the Lady Cougar Classic Invitational in Frederick with Henley taking tournament MVP honors. In South Carroll's 49-36 win over Bishop Kearney in the championship, Henley finished with 14 points, four rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks in an effort that has become typical.

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