1998-99 Baltimore County girls basketball previews

December 09, 1998|By Katherine Dunn

Private schools

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1997-98 record: 5-13

Coach: Liz Byers

Top players: Janae Burris, 5-1, Sr., G; Julie Barber, 5-4, Jr., G; Jocelyn Johnson, 5-5, Jr., G; Candace Moon, 5-9, Jr., C; Lori Veasel, 5-6, Soph., F/G.

Outlook: With four starters back, Byers is looking for an improved season in the Association of Independent Schools B Division. The Eagles have a stronger bench and a better defense. Johnson led the team in scoring last year and Moon led in rebounding, so the Eagles should get off to a quick start.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1997-98 record: 11-17

Coach: Sonya Howell

Top players: Nina Auster, 5-7, Jr., F; Stacy Hollander, 5-1, Fr., G; Jackie Fuchs, 5-7, Jr., G; Adynna Samuels, 5-8, Sr., F; Yael Levin, 5-8, Soph., G.

Outlook: The Warriors finished strong in a rebuilding season last year, and Howell hopes to pick up where they left off. They have experience even though there are only two seniors. With speed and several years of playing together, the Warriors should move up in the AIS B Division.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1997-98 record: 7-10

Coach: Steve McManus

Top Players: Mandy Dougherty, 5-9, Sr., G; Courtney Kirby, 5-11, Jr., C; Alexa Sabelhaus, 5-11, Jr., F; Carey Ann Aprahamian, 5-8, Jr., G; Catie Corbin, 5-6, Jr., G; Katie Wright, 5-11, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Grizzlies lost six players to graduation, but bring back experience in their seniors and juniors. They should have one of the strongest inside games in the AIS B Division and some of the best rebounding. Speed and quickness could also help the Grizzlies move over .500.

Lutheran Saints

1997-98 record: 20-4

Coach: John Buetow

Top players: Leslie Caple, 5-7, Sr., G; Allison Bruton, 5-7, Jr., F; Jessica Banach, 5-9, Jr., C; Kristen Williamson, 5-8, Jr., F; Michele Caple, 5-8, Soph., G.

Outlook: The Saints lost top scorer and rebounder Nevin Caple, but return four starters and add the youngest of the three Caple sisters. Last year, the Saints were favored to win the AIS B Division but lost to Seton Keough in the final. They haven't forgotten. That drive along with experience, balance and depth should make the Saints a force again in the division.

Maryvale Lions

1997-98 record: 3-13

Coach: Chuck Teal

Top players: Megan Huether, 5-6, Fr., G; Kate Killen, 5-6, Jr., G; Megan Powdowski, 5-8, Sr., F/G; Dana Olsson, 5-6, Jr., G.

Outlook: Teal, who coached the Lions soccer team to the AIS B Division title game, takes over a rebuilding team. The Lions are inexperienced with only two seniors, including 5-5 G Cathy Wachter, so Teal will stress defense and try to build confidence while sticking to the basics.

McDonogh Eagles

1997-98 record: 24-1

Coach: Katie Keating

Top players: Vicki Brick, 5-7, Sr., G; Greichaly Cepero, 6-2, Sr., C/F; Jazmine Norton, 5-7, Sr., G; Aisha Mason, 5-10, Sr., C/F; Katie Nelson, 5-7, Soph., G; Amanda Hartzell, 5-10, Jr., F/G.

Outlook: Last season's No. 1 team should pick up right where it left off. The top returning player is All-Metro Player of the Year Brick (20.4 ppg. 3.8 apg, 5.1 spg), who has signed with Maryland. The Eagles suffered a couple of key losses but filled those holes with transfers Cepero, from Puerto Rico, and Hartzell, from Pennsylvania. Cepero, one of the nation's top 50 players and an AAU teammate of Brick, is being recruited by UCLA and Nebraska to play basketball and volleyball. Add to those an underrated pair of veteran contributors in Norton and Mason, and the Eagles have all the ingredients to again dominate the AIS A Division and the metro area.

Mount Carmel Cougars

1997-98 record: 11-14

Coach: Rob Bonner

Top players: Kirsten Herold, 5-8, Sr., G; Tiesha Gross, 5-7, Jr., F; Susan Ecke, 5-5, Sr., G; Marianne Narbut, 5-4, Sr., G; Tiffani Simmons, 5-6, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Cougars, who played an independent schedule last season, play in a league for the first time. They formed the new Chesapeake Women's Athletic Conference along with CHEN, Annapolis Area Christian and two Eastern Shore teams -- Sts. Peter and Paul and Gunston. With 11 players back and only one starter lost, the Cougars appear to be in strong position to contend for the league championship.

Mount de Sales Sailors

1997-98 record: 10-20

Coach: Bill Held

Top players: Janet McKinnon, 5-0, Soph., G; Kerry Poisal, 5-5, Jr., G; Katrina Zelenka, 5-7, Jr., F/G; Maura Fannin, 5-10, Jr., F; Julie Baronas, 6-0, Jr., C.

Outlook: The Sailors finally have a home court as they christen their new gymnasium this winter. They also have a veteran team, returning all five starters. The Sailors have experience, depth and talent, so they could improve their record, although they likely will not be able to contend with the Catholic League's best teams.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates

1997-98 record: 8-10

Coach: Heather Castle

Top players: Lauren Aumiller, 5-9, Sr., G; Lauren Keller, 5-8, Sr., G; Amanda Ostrowski, 6-0, Sr., C/F; Laura Randisi, 5-7, Jr., F; Cary Chasney, 5-4, Soph., G.

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