Coach tries to rein in Mustangs turnovers

Girls land at No. 15 after 8-3 start

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January 21, 2007|By BILL FREE | BILL FREE,Sun Reporter

The C. Milton Wright girls basketball team has decent height, strong rebounding, solid shooting and impressive teamwork.

However, coach Nicole Nimmo sees one area in which her team can improve: "Give me games with 15 or less turnovers," she said.

"We pass too quickly and we're not patient enough sometimes," said Nimmo, whose 8-3 team moved into The Sun's poll this week for the first time at No. 15. "We graduated six players from last season's 15-9 team and are playing with one freshman and four juniors in the starting lineup."

Nimmo said more patience and precision could help the young team in the long run.

Using that philosophy, Nimmo said it's possible the Mustangs could do even better than last year's team, which advanced to the Class 4A North regional semifinals.

Leading this year's team is 5-foot-9 junior center-forward Lauren Houck, who leads the Mustangs in scoring (19 points per game) and rebounding (10 per game).

"She plays much larger than she is," Nimmo said. "She's very quick. On defense, she has the ability to read things very well. Offensively, it's just her ability to use both hands and she moves very well without the ball."

Another strong junior is 5-11 shooting guard Mallory Vogel, who is averaging eight assists a game. Vogel, a strong defensive player, is also averaging five points, 5.7 rebounds and three steals per game.

At center is 6-foot junior Meredith Allen, who averages seven points and 8.5 rebounds. The fourth junior starter is 5-3 guard Sarah Morrill, who averages six points and two assists and is known for her clutch play.

The starting point guard is 5-7 freshman Julie Trinchere, a strong all-around player.

The top players coming off the bench are juniors Kim Trinchere and Kiara Reeves. Trinchere comes in the game and provides the team with some strong defensive minutes along with the ability to hit key shots.

Reeves boxes out well and is outstanding on the backboards at the rate of 6.5 rebounds a game.

The 1,000-points club

Seniors Corey Donohoe of North Harford and Arielle Townes of Joppatowne both went over 1,000 career points in last Wednesday's game.

Townes had a triple double - 16 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists - to help the Mariners defeat the Hawks, 70-53. Townes, who has 1,003 career points, missed her entire junior season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Donohoe entered the game with 999 points and scored a game-high 25.

On the boys' side, North Harford's Joe Becker moved within 11 points of the 1,000-point mark Tuesday night by scoring 21.

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Becker, a senior, averages 16.8 points, five rebounds, 2.5 assists, and shoots close to 80 percent from the foul line. He also has a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Strong on the boards

Harford Tech forward Malik Mack had back-to-back 16-rebound efforts last week.

The 6-2 junior is averaging a team-high 11.1 rebounds a game along with eight points. Two junior teammates, Devin Ewing and Jared West, are the team's leading scorers with 14-point and 11-point averages, respectively. Ewing also averages four assists and three steals, and West shoots 48 percent from beyond the three-point line.

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Jeff Seidel contributed to this article.

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