1997-98 Baltimore County girls basketball previews

December 02, 1997|By Katherine Dunn, Rich Scherr and Kevin Eck

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1996-97 record: 5-13

Coach: Liz Byers

Top players: Jocelyn Johnson, 5-7, Soph., G; Darla Heller, 5-9, Jr., F-C; Candace Moon, 5-9, So., F; Julie Barber, 5-2, So., G; Lori Veasel, 5-4, Fr., F.

Outlook: Young talent abounds on this Association of Independent Schools B Division team, including Johnson (10 ppg), last year's leading scorer; Heller (11 rpg), last year's top rebounder; and Moon, this year's top scorer and rebounder through the first three games. With only seven players on the roster, however, what the Eagles lack is depth.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1996-97 record: 2-12

Coach: Sonia Howell

Top players: Jackie Fuchs, 5-7, Soph., G; Dodi Vogel, 5-4, Sr., G; Adynna Samuels, 5-8, Jr., F; Rachel Roffman, 5-11, Sr., C; Edie Meyerson, 5-10, Sr., C/F.

Outlook: New coach Howell, who played college ball at Texas-El Paso, is picking up the tempo and the Warriors seem to be responding. Although they are still adjusting to the faster pace and man-to-man defense, the Warriors have the speed and quickness to play it. If they continue to adjust, the Warriors could be moving up in the Association of Independent Schools B Division.

Carver A & T Wildcats

1996-97 record: 5-13

Coach: Paul Milam

Top players: Erin Pearson, 5-5, Sr., G; Jessie Tighe, 5-9, Sr., F; May-Russell Wilt, 5-10, Sr., C.

Outlook: The Wildcats are young, but should be competitive. Milam will stress defense and rebounding, and may have the talent to surprise in the county's Sharpshooters Division.

Catonsville Comets

1996-97 record: 15-8

Coach: Mike Mohler

Top players: Marci Brewer, 5-8, Sr., G; Ellen Gibson, 5-8, Sr., G; Carol Schmoeller, 5-7, Soph., G; Dannie Packer, 5-9, Fr., G; Dani Remeikis, 5-7, Sr., G.

Outlook: The Comets will be young and athletic with only Brewer (11.5 ppg) bringing back significant numbers. As Mohler's teams always do, the Comets will be running an up-tempo game looking to pressure opponents and get quick baskets. That game plan will have to work this season if the Comets are to be among the county's top teams, because with their lack of height, they can't rely on a half-court game.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1996-97 record: 2-18

Coach: Lori Wojtkowiak

Top players: Nicole Mryncza, 5-9, Sr., F; Vicky Grummond, 5-6, Jr., G; Chenel Murray, 5-10, Jr., F-C; Geneva Grant, 5-10, Soph., F-C.

Outlook: With improved height, speed and depth, the Bayhawks should be a much-improved team this season. Their lineup features a pair of 5-10 post players in Murray and Grant, and 5-9 Mryncza, an experienced forward. Wojtkowiak says her team's attitude is improved, as well.

Dulaney Lions

1996-97 record: 5-15

Coach: Nancy Woodside

Top players: Bridget Fitzsimmons, 5-9, Jr., F; Katie Curran, 5-9, Soph., F; Shannon Torrez, 5-8, Sr., G; Katie Kilgalen, 5-8, Jr., F/G; Ashley Gansert, 5-5, Fr., PG.

Outlook: The Lions lost three starters but bring back a more experienced, versatile squad. They also will get a boost from Kilgalen, a transfer from John Carroll, and Gansert, a strong ballhandler. With better outside shooting and improved defense, the Lions should make a move up.

Dundalk Owls

1996-97 record: 0-20

Coach: Fred Hammett

Top players: Amanda Orlandi, 5-2, Sr., G; Jackie Urlahs, 5-8, Sr., F; Katie Wildberger, 6-0, Sr., C; Larhonda Garrett, 5-8, Soph., F.

Outlook: The Owls lost nine games last season by less than seven points, so they could improve on their record despite being in the county's top Hoopsters Division. However, to move up, the Owls will have to improve their offense, the area most lacking a year ago. Hammett said his players have the ability, but they need to develop confidence in their shots.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1996-97 record: 17-7

Coach: Dave Scrivener

Top players: Elisha Carter, 5-5, Jr., PG; Jenn Betkey, 5-10, Sr., F; Andrea Wilson, 5-7, Sr., G; Jessie Maffei, 5-6, Sr., F; Amy Wallner, 5-5, Jr., G.

Outlook: Scrivener turned the Eastern program around over the last two years with a 38-10 record. Now, the Mavericks move up into the Hoopsters Division where they will be tested against the county's top teams. Carter (18.9 ppg, 6 spg, 5.6 apg) is already the Mavericks' all-time leading scorer and she and Betkey (10.7 rpg) will again be the core of the team. The biggest challenge will be adapting to the tough competition in every game after coming from a division in which they did not always have to play hard to win.

Franklin Indians

1996-97 record: 10-9

Coach: Dave Turybury

Top players: Ann Marie Molinaro, 5-10, Sr., F; Erin Spatafore, 5-7, Sr., PG; Sarah Molinaro, 5-5, Soph., G; Sara Teter, 5-6, Sr., G; Missy King, 5-7, Jr., F/G.

Outlook: The Indians lost only two starters and return two four-year players, Ann Marie Molinaro (14 ppg) and Spatafore (14 ppg, 12 rpg), but they also have five underclassmen. Against the competition in the county's Hoopsters Division as well as a tough early schedule, the Indians will need to develop their youngsters quickly. They have good height and a strong inside game, but the Indians will try to get more points on transition.

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