Girls Basketball: 2018-19 team-by-team preview capsules

Girls Basketball: 2018-19 team-by-team preview capsules
Westminster head coach Dave Urban talks with players during the second half of their win over Manchester Valley in Westminster Friday, Jan 19, 2018. (Dylan Slagle/Carroll County Times)

Coach: Danielle Fieni, 1st year

Last year’s record: 7-16, 3-9 county


First game: Dec. 6 vs. Williamsport

Key losses: Kelsey Weishaar

Key returners: Jessica Diorio, junior G; Demma Hall, sophomore G; Emily Kain, senior F

Outlook: The Knights are coached by Fieni, a former Times first team all-countian out of Westminster High School. They return Kain, Diorio, and Hall to help encourage positive results this season. “We are looking forward to building a program here at Century that will exhibit enthusiasm, excitement and hard work,” Fieni said via email. “Our goal is to improve fundamentally each and every time we step on the floor.”

Francis Scott Key

Coach: TJ Develin, 1st year

Last year’s record: 6-16, 2-10 county

First game: Dec. 6 at Catoctin

Key losses: Joelle Snader

Key returners: Kennedy Cornick, senior F; Emily Dell, senior F; Bailey Mathias, senior G; Karla Stonesifer, senior F; Sara Warthen, senior G

Outlook: Develin hopes to create a culture of positivity and hard work within the Eagles’ program this season. The Eagles bring back a majority of their starting lineup that includes Mathias, the county’s returning leading scorer. “With our senior leadership, we are striving to compete and improve each and every day,” Develin said via email. “This year, our goal is to make a push in the 1A West.”


Coach: Barry Green, 7th year

Last year’s record: 3-21, 1-11 county

First game: Dec. 7 at Gerstell

Key losses: Lindsay Kovack, Maddy Mooney, Lydia Myers, Anna Tignor


Key returners: Kayla Allen, sophomore G; Alex Bull, sophomore G/F; Rachel Thiem, senior G/F; Christine Goetz, junior F; Emeline Haroldson, junior F; Erin Mulholland, sophomore G/F; Jordan Nastos, junior G

Outlook: The Lions lost lone senior Anna Tignor to graduation last year, but return a healthy group of players that should make an impact for the team this season. Thiem, a Times first team all-countian in 2018, is one of those returners after leading the Lions in scoring with 12.8 points per game last year. Green said via email that five freshmen will make their debut for the team in “shoring up all of the challenges we’ll encounter in this and seasons to come.”

Manchester Valley

Coach: Heather DeWees, 10th year

Last year’s record: 21-4, 10-2 county

First game: Dec. 7 at Harford Tech

Key losses: Mackenzie DeWees, Annie Saunders

Key returners: Ellie Boswell, senior F; Josey Klingenberg, senior PG; Erin Piper senior C; Amelia Saunders, junior G

Outlook: The Mavericks begin their rebuilding for the first time in four years following the graduation of Mackenzie DeWees, the Times Player of the Year for the last four years. Klingenberg, a first team all-countian last season, and Saunders return to lead the Mavs’ offense. “The Mavs are battling some injuries and will play some young talent in the beginning of the season,” Heather DeWees said via email. “The hope is that will pay off in the long run adding depth in the rotation for playoffs.”

South Carroll

Coach: Jim Shea, 1st year

Last year’s record: 10-13, 7-5 county

First game: Dec. 7 at Catoctin

Key losses: None

Key returners: Lilly Cooper, senior G; Riley Evans, senior G; Bethany Fowler, sophomore F; Lauren Habighorst, junior F; Rachel Tackett, junior C

Outlook: The Cavaliers split their record last season and will have a new coach at the helm this year. A core group returns, led by a Times first team all-countian in Fowler. “We are still in the process of getting to know a new system,” Shea said via email. “Our goal is to work hard and get better every day.”


Coach: Dave Urban, 2nd year

Last year’s record: 19-3, 12-0 county

First game: Dec. 7 at Thomas Johnson

Key losses: Sarah O’Donnell, Sydney Popielski, Nicole Roberts

Key returners: Zoe Costley, senior F; Sophia Diehl, sophomore F; Alina Nowosielski, senior F; Jillian Pumputis, sophomore G

Outlook: The reigning county champions lost O’Donnell, Roberts, and Times first team all-countian Popielski to graduation last year, but return a core group of players that includes first-teamers Costley and Diehl. “We will lean on the experiences our upperclassmen had last year and the work they put in through the offseason to continue to build a solid foundation within our program,” Urban said via email.

Winters Mill

Coach: Dave Wynne, 8th year

Last year’s record: 14-10, 7-5 county

First game: Dec. 10 at Maryvale Prep

Key losses: None

Key returners: Natalie Berry, senior G; Kolby Brown, senior G; Erin Snyder, senior G; Kaitlyn Thompson, senior F.

Outlook: The Falcons return Snyder, a Times first team all-countian, and Brown, the team’s scoring leader last season, along with a mix of underclassmen that should make an impact on the floor this year. “Their season will hinge on how quickly these girls develop chemistry both ends of the floor and buy into the team defense concept,” Wynne said via email.