Baltimore County team previews Local Sports: Girls Basketball Previews

December 05, 1996|By Katherine Dunn, Brant James and Kevin Eck

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1995-96 record: 8-8

Coach: Liz Byers

Top players: Kelly Bilbrey, Sr., F, 5-10; Sonja Edmonds, Sr., PG, 5-2.

Outlook: The Eagles are in a rebuilding mode this season after being hit hard by graduation and the transfer of center Leah Clelland to McDonogh. Byers hopes for hustle and "more of a team effort."

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1995-96 record: 11-19

Coach: John Grap

Top players: Lily Dahan, Sr., G, 5-2; Marlene Hollander, Sr., G, 5-3; Lauren Birenbaum, Sr., F, 5-0; Mara Levin, Sr., F, 5-7; Rachel Roffman, Jr., C, 5-9; Edie Meyerson, Jr., C/F, 5-8.

Outlook: The departure of three-time Association of Independent Schools all-star Rachel Dahan took 9 points a game and a solid point guard out of the Beth Tfiloh system, but Grap hopes to compensate with a squad filled with experienced varsity players. Roffman averaged 6.4 points a game last season, and Lily Dahan will fill her sister's point-guard slot.

Carver A&T Wildcats

1995-96 record: 12-11

Coach: Tom Appel

Top players: Jessica Stewart, 5-7, Sr., F/G; April Johnson, 5-2, Sr., PG; Chennell Boone, 5-9, Sr., F/C; Jenn Albright, 5-3, Sr., G; May Wilt, 5-9, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Wildcats entire lineup returns. Stewart, who can hit the three-pointer, and Boone, the top rebounder, both bring back double-figure scoring. Appel said the Wildcats have strong individual skills and if they mesh, they should at least match last season's record in the county's Sharp Shooters Division.

Catonsville Comets

1995-96 record: 22-3

Coach: Mike Mohler

Top players: Marci Brewer, 5-6, Jr., G; Nicole Deponai, 5-11, Sr., F; Annie Yager, 5-9, Sr., G; Sue Digby, 5-6, Sr., G; Ellen Gibson, 5-6, Jr., PG.

Outlook: After a trip to the state semifinals last year, the Comets sport an all-new lineup. The addition of AAU-experienced freshmen Carol Smoller and Tina Tacka and sophomore Lindsey Muir should help. Mohler plans to keep looking for transition chances to make up for the lack of height. Finding a consistent scoring threat is the biggest problem for the defending Hoopsters Division champs.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1995-96 record: 7-12

Coach: Lori Wojtkowiak

Top players: Nicole Mryncza, 5-9, Jr., F; Jodie Ulrich, 5-8, Sr., F; Susan Paulson, 5-5, Sr., G; Fawne Everett, 5-3, Sr., G; Amanda Dobrochowski, 5-4, Sr., G.

Outlook: Because the top five returnees have seen plenty of action, Wojtkowiak said this team is comparable to last year's squad. A few newcomers add depth.

Dulaney Lions

1995-96 record: 8-13

Coach: Nancy Woodside

Top players: Tracy Miksis, 5-11, Sr., C; Jennifer Confer, 6-0, Sr., F; Kelli Kramer, 5-10, Sr., F; Shannon Truxel, 5-5, Jr., PG; Shannon Torrez, 5-7, Jr., G.

Outlook: With veterans Miksis and Confer, the Lions should have one of the Hoopsters Division's top inside games. The guards are a bit inexperienced, so they will need time.

Dundalk Owls

1995-96 record: 1-20

Coach: Fred Hammett

Top players: Amanda Orlandi, 5-2, Jr., PG; Jackie Urlahs, 5-8, Jr., F; Ceylon Powell, 5-4, Jr., G; Katie Wildberger, 6-0, Jr., C; LaTashia Jubilee, 5-7, Jr., F; Leah Cropper, 5-11, Jr., F.

Outlook: Numbers continued to be a problem for the Owls, who finished last year with only seven girls, but the juniors should provide a dependable core. Orlandi (11 points, 4 steals) is the leader, but Hammett will go back to the basics.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1995-96 record: 21-3

Coach: Dave Scrivener

Top players: Shanell Carter, 5-7, Sr., G; Elisha Carter, 5-4, Soph., PG; Christina Fox, 5-9, Jr. F; Jenn Betkey, 5-10, Jr., F; Tina Collier, 5-5, Sr., G.

Outlook: Last year's turn-around sensation, the Mavericks won the Sharp Shooters Division after finishing 2-18 a year earlier. Led by Elisha Carter (21.8 points, 3.8 assists), the Mavericks return every starter and have high hopes for advancing past the first round of the regional playoffs, as well as repeating as division champs.

Franklin Indians

1995-96 record: 5-13

Coach: Dave Turybury

Top players: Ann Marie Molinaro, 5-11, Jr., F/G; Erin Spatafore, 5-7, Jr., PG; Juanita Ballard, 5-10, Sr., F; Sara Teeter, 5-6, Jr., G; Yolanda Little, 5-10, Jr., F; Missy King, 5-6, Soph., G.

Outlook: Although the Indians still are young, most have at least a year of varsity experience, so Turybury is shooting for a .500 season in the Hoopsters Division. Molinaro (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Spatafore (10 points, 3.6 assists) return some nice numbers and the team as a whole is more athletic.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1995-96 record: 5-10

Coach: Nick Burns

Top players: Jen Zienty, Jr., G, 5-6; Karie Reed, Jr., PG, 5-9; Melissa Harrison, Jr., F, 5-10; Tiffany Hill Jr., F, 5-8; Sara Rioff, Jr., F, 5-9; Susie Malayaman, Jr; F, 5-7; Alexa Sabelhaus, So., C, 5-11; Mandy Dougherty, So., G, 5-9.

Outlook: Outlook: Burns, coaching girls' varsity for the first time after JV girls' and varsity boys' stints in Philadelphia, hopes for hard work and an "evolution" from his team, which has just one senior.

Gwynn Lake

1995-96 record: First team

Coach: Roland Hall

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