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December 04, 1996|By Kevin Eck

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1995-96 record: 10-7

Coach: Terry Detorie

Top players: Sara Barnett, 5-8, Soph., G; Mia Medlin, 5-8, Sr., F/G; Theresa Sherry, 5-4, Fr., G; Jodi Eippers-Mains, 5-9, Fr., F.

Outlook: The Mawrtians graduated three starters, so Bryn Mawr will need bigger contributions from several people on offense to be successful in the Association of Independent Schools A Division. The Mawrtians will be an athletic team that will rely on its quickness and aggressiveness to compensate for the lack of height and an inside game. With just two seniors, Bryn Mawr may have to withstand some growing pains, but a winning record doesn't seem an unrealistic goal.

Carver Bears

1995-96 record: 7-9

Coach: Cynthia Tyson

Top players: Melissa Richardson, 5-10, Soph., G; Rhonda Harris, 6-1, Jr., C; Barnetta Berkley, 5-3, Soph., G.

Outlook: The Bears have been close to .500 the past two years but are expected to take a step backward this season. They lost four starters, including Vida Milberry, the area's leading scorer last season who accounted for more than half of that team's offense. Carver will be without a JV team for the fourth straight season, so Tyson is concentrating on teaching fundamentals.

Catholic Cubs

1995-96 record: 3-10

Coach: Michael Brown

Top players: Allison Merkle, 5-4, Soph., G; Allison Haley, 5-4, Jr., G; Molly Cumberland, 5-7, Soph., C; Corrine Butcher, 5-2, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Cubs, who compete in the AIS A Division, have an experienced group returning, and Brown believes they will improve on last season's record. They are already on the right track, winning two of their first three games. Catholic won't be lacking in athleticism, because several players were members of the highly-touted soccer team. Look for Catholic to be an up-tempo team, with defense setting up the offense.

City Knights

1995-96 record: 13-9

Coach: George Petrides

Top players: Rolynda Contee, 5-10, Jr., C; Sheimeka Johnson, 5-5, Sr., G; Keisha Evans, 5-5, Sr., G; Corey Schreier, 5-4, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Knights return a good nucleus, which includes two starters, and have some promising younger players. Heading the returnees is Contee (16 points, 19 rebounds a game), the team's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer last season. City, however, will have a void to fill at point guard. Petrides said his team may not be able to beat the league powers but should be competitive.

Douglass Ducks

1995-96 record: 6-11

Coach: Mary Hughee

Top players: Dekera Sanders, 5-3, Soph., G; Veronica Street, 5-8, Sr., F; Jeneaka Nixon, 5-5, Jr., F; Natasha Gilbert, 5-8, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Ducks made positive strides last season after going winless the year before. This season, Hughee said she is hoping to reach .500. Douglass returns four starters, but lost its leading scorer to transfer. The addition of 6-3 sophomore center Renalda Owens, a transfer from South Carolina, should give the Ducks a strong inside game.

Dunbar Poets

1995-96 record: 2-14

Coach: Wardell Selby

Top players: Tina Snead, 5-8, Sr., F; Constance Simms, 4-11, Soph., G.

Outlook: Selby, a self-described disciplinarian with experience as Amateur Athletic Union coach and as an assistant at Morgan State and the Community College of Baltimore, takes over a struggling program. He has already established a long-term goal: to replace Western as the city's top team and raise Dunbar's girls team to the Poet boys' level. Short term, he wants to better last season's record, and has set .500 as a minimum goal. The Poets return six players, including three starters, and will play full-court man-to-man defense.

Edmondson Redskins

1995-96 record: 10-10

Coach: Elise Collier

Top players: Kenya Langley, 5-4, Sr., G; Chantey Yates, 5-5, Jr., F/G; Schmeka Griffin, 5-8, Soph., C/F; Karen Kennedy, 5-0, Soph., G.

Outlook: With four starters back among six returnees, the Redskins hope to break .500 this season. Edmondson has several newcomers who are expected to make an impact, especially sophomore center Latia Davis and freshman forward Connie McCullough. Freshman guard Kimberly Terrell gives the Redskins a solid ball-handler. Edmondson's biggest problem will its lack of height -- the Redskins' tallest player is 5-8 -- so quickness and aggressive play will be necessary.

Forest Park Foresters

1995-96 record: 3-11

Coach: Darren Baker

Top players: Leslie Thorne, 5-10, Sr., F; Charlene Alexandra, 5-9, Sr., C; Sumiko Squire, 5-8, Jr., F; Fray Pagan, 5-7, Jr., G; Tangier, 5-5, Soph., G.

Outlook: The entire starting lineup returns for first-year coach Baker, who said he is hoping for a .500 season. First and foremost, Baker has stressed discipline and conditioning. He has implemented a motion offense and a man-to-man pressure defense. In addition to their starting five remaining in tact, the Foresters have a solid sixth man in freshman point guard Arden Pagan.

Friends Quakers

1995-96 record: 9-6

Coach: Judy Turnbaugh

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