Carroll Christian is rooted in success

Girls basketball team made mostly of veterans


February 11, 2007|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

To Carroll Christian girls basketball coach Matthew Reisberg, it's no huge surprise that his team is off to a 16-2 start.

Reisberg said the team planted the roots for its success four years ago, when many of the players were forced into the lineup after the Patriots had graduated their starting lineup.

"Many of them jumped in as sophomores or even as freshmen and started," he said. "We've been building toward this."

The team is led by a pair of seniors in forward-guard Christine Maher (8.9 points per game, 6.9 rebounds) and forward Grace Anne Smith (12.7 ppg). Senior Amanda Maher, the school's all-time leading rebounder (averaging 8.4 rebounds this season) also plays a key role inside, and junior Stephanie Zinnamosca (7.1 ppg) has made an impact in her first season starting at point guard.

"We've just got balance up and down the lineup," Reisberg said.

The Patriots have two games left in the regular season - tomorrow at Granite Baptist and Tuesday at Calvary Baptist - before the Maryland Association of Christian Schools tournament. They are shooting for their fourth straight conference title.

"With the talent that we have, if we lose it's my fault," Reisberg said.

New date for meet

The Class 3A-2A West regional indoor track and field meet, which was postponed Wednesday because of snow, has been rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday at Hagerstown Community College.

The meet will feature the No. 4 North Carroll girls team, the runner-up at the meet a year ago.

The postponement most likely will change the way that most teams approach the meet, because the state championship meet is scheduled to begin three days later.

"We might have to adjust what some of the kids are running, especially for the distance runners," North Carroll coach Jim MacDonald said. "There's an old rule of thumb that you need a day of rest for every mile you run. So if we have a kid who's entered in four events on Friday, they're probably not going to be fully recovered by Monday."

Coach honored

Century coach Rose Pentz has been named the National Federation of State High School Association's 2006 Coach of the Year for Maryland in girls lacrosse.

Last spring, the Century Knights finished 19-0, capturing county, regional and Class 2A-1A state championships.

Prentz was named The Sun's Carroll County Coach of the Year for the fourth-straight year and has a 67-4 career record at Century.

Peters wins award

Winters Mill junior Jen Peters has been named the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Piedmont Conference girls basketball Player of the Week for leading the Falcons to recent victories against Middletown and Liberty.

Peters, a second-team All-County pick at guard a year ago, had 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 44-40 upset of Piedmont Conference power Middletown on Jan. 30.

She came back three days later with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 48-43 win over Liberty.

Through Thursday, Peters and teammate Olivia Fajardo were the top-scoring tandem in Carroll County, combining for an average of nearly 28 points per game.

However, the Falcons were 5-12 heading into Friday's game at Frederick.

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