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Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

2 1991-92 record: 19-5. Coach: Mary Ella Marion.

Top players: Gayle Belz, 5-11, Sr., C; Jenni Hershberger, 5-4, Sr., G; Christa Rohe, 5-4, Sr., G; Lauren Szczepaniak, 5-8, Sr., F.

Outlook: Two-time All-Metro G Stephanie Rohe has graduated, but the Sharpshooters return their four other starters and should again be among the top Catholic League teams. Marion expects balanced attack and said she has been stressing unity and teamwork. Belz, Mercy's leading returning scorer (11.3) and top rebounder (7.9), is strong inside. Junior F Christina Williamson (5-8), who averaged 4.4 points, moves into the starting five.

Mervo Mustangs

0 1991-92 record: 2-12. Coach: Nancy Havranek.

Top player: Alexis Washington, 5-6, Fr., G.

Outlook: Having lost all five starters and carrying all freshmen and sophomores on the team, the Mustangs may have trouble even matching last season's victory total. "I hope we can just keep ourselves together and be encouraged, not discouraged," Havranek said.

Mount Carmel Lions

7+ 1991-92 record: 8-5. Coach: Rob Bonner.

Top players: Suzanne Kozarski, 6-1, Sr., C; Erin Reed, 5-5, So., G; Angie Rose, 5-8, So., F; Sherri Tyler, 5-7, Sr., G.

Outlook: First-year coach Bonner said he likes his team's work habits and believes it can have a winning season. Mount Carmel, an independent, will play other independents, as well as Catholic League and AIS schools. Three starters return -- Kozarski, Reed and Tyler.

Northern Vikings

9- 1991-92 record: 0-12. Coach: Craig Smith.

Top players: Ayanna McCullough, 5-5, Sr., G; April Allen, 5-7, So., G; Darlene Hill, 5-9, Fr., F-C; Kimberly Robinson, 5-8, So., C-F.

Outlook: Smith takes over a young team that hasn't won in two years. Robinson is the only returner. McCullough, Northern's only starting senior, is a transfer from Forest Park. Smith hopes to make the Vikings competitive by January.

Northwestern Wildcats

:. 1991-92 record: 7-4. Coach: Lillian Brown.

Top players: Yesterday Butler, 5-7, Sr., G; Today Butler, 5-6, Jr., G; Tiffany Watson, 5-6, So., G; Darnetta Wilkens, 5-6, Jr., G; Katina Hurt, 5-7, Fr., F; Lakeisha Robinson, 5-7, Jr., F; Schantee Lankford, 5-9, Fr., C.

Outlook: Brown returns for her 11th season after a one-year layoff because of cuts in the physical education budget. A bTC guard-loaded team, the Wildcats will need Lankford to mature quickly. Yesterday and Today Butler will provide experience in the backcourt.

Patterson Clippers

8, 1991-92 record: 14-7. Coach: Derek Maki.

Top players: Jaime Locklear, 5-5, So., G; Nicole Jones, 5-6, So., F; Maggie Owsianny, 5-7, Jr., F; Jackie Wilkes, 6-2, Jr., C.

Outlook: The Clippers may not be capable of challenging Western and Lake Clifton in the City-Wide 4A Division, but they could equal or surpass last season's victory total. Two starters return: Owsianny, Patterson's leading scorer (16.0 ppg), and Wilkes, who led the Clippers in rebounds (15.0). Maki said Wilkes (8.0 ppg) could become dominating.

Poly Engineers

9- 1991-92 record: 15-7. Coach: Mark Sawyer.

Top players: Angela Brice, 5-6, Jr., G; Kenya Holman, 5-10, Jr., F; Claudia Hutchins, 5-11, Jr., C; Shernale Vann, 5-10, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Engineers will miss the offense of second-team All-Metro center LaToya Moore, who graduated, but they will be quicker, and Sawyer expects them to play better defense. Vann (10.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg) and Brice (10.0 ppg, 5.0 apg) are the only returning starters. Sawyer is looking for Holman to be an inside-outside threat. Poly has just one senior.

Roland Park Reds

9- 1991-92 record: 7-8. Coach: Wendy Kridel.

Top players: Peggy Boutilier, 5-4, Jr., G; Melissa Cully, 5-6, Jr., G; Brent McCallister, 5-8, Jr., F; Kim Shuey, 5-7, Jr., F.

Outlook: Kridel says her team can be in every game. Though the Reds have no seniors, Kridel said she has several three-year players who are beginning to play with confidence. The Reds return four starters, but have to overcome the loss of last season's leading scorer, Melissa Bristow, who graduated. McCallister scored 8.0 ppg and is strong inside.

St. Frances Panthers

0 1991-92 record: 9-16. Coach: Jerome Shelton.

Top players: Melba Chambers, 5-11, So., F-G; Jakia Ervin, 5-6, Fr., G; Lois Jones, 5-11, Sr., C; Kristi Webb, 5-10, So., F.

Outlook: The Panthers, 2-12 in the Catholic League last year, could challenge the league's top teams. Chambers (18.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg) is one of the area's top players, and her supporting cast is better this season. Webb, a transfer from IND, is expected to take some of the scoring and rebounding load.

Seton Keough Gators

8, 1991-92 record: 9-14. Coach: John Joyce.

Top players: Debbie Kasten, 5-9, Sr., C; Melanie Morris, 5-8, Fr., F-G; Melissa Reese, 5-5, Sr., G; Tiffany Stewart, 5-8, Sr., F-G.

Outlook: The Gators should do better than last season's record and could surprise some teams in the Catholic League. Five players return, including Kasten, who should improve upon her averages of 7.0 points and 8.0 rebounds. Three sophomores and two freshmen are expected to make an impact, especially Morris.

Southern Bulldogs

1991-92 record: 6-5. Coach: Kevin Boone.

Top players: Schantey Holmes, 5-5, Sr., G; Keia Ingram, 5-8, Jr., G-F; Linda Deminds, 5-7, Jr., G; Vonetta Deleon, 5-5, Sr., G; Geisha Graham, 5-8, Sr., C-F.

Outlook: Sixth-year coach Boone has a small, experienced starting five. The young bench will need to develop quickly.

Southwestern Sabers 1991-92 record: 4-10. Coach: Arlene Scott.

Top players: Lisa Watford, 4-11, Sr., G; Ronisha Smith 5-3, Jr., F; Quay Galloway, 5-4, So., G; Shana Cooper, 6-1, So., C; Keisha Canady, 5-11, Sr., F.

Outlook: Scott, coaching her 15th season, has a small, experienced and accurate-shooting team. Watford, who played as a freshman and sophomore but missed last season because of personal problems, is back as the point guard. Cooper and Canady will provide much-needed height inside.

Walbrook Warriors

1991-92 record: 19-1. Coach: Pete Connally.

Top players: Nikia Downing, 5-6, Sr., G; Lakeisha Dukes, 5-8, Sr., F; Tina Fauntleroy, 5-6, Sr., G; Jamee Greenwood, 5-9, So., F.

Outlook: The Warriors are lacking in height, but they should make up for it with their quickness. Fauntleroy is one of the area's best point guards when she plays under control. Greenwood averaged 10.0 points and 10 rebounds as a freshman and performed well under pressure. Walbrook's starting five is among the area's best, but a lack of depth may be a problem. Walbrook will be tested early, when it meets rival Western on Tuesday as part of the Charm City/Big Apple Challenge at the Baltimore Arena.

Western Doves

1991-92 record: 20-4. Coach: Breezy Bishop.

Top players: Kia Damon, 5-9, Sr., F.; Kelly Evans, 6-0, Sr., F; Kimberly Smith, 5-8, So., G; Chanel Wright, 6-0, So., G.

Outlook: With all five starters returning, the Doves are poised to regain their status as the area's top team. Point guard Smith and shooting guard Wright form a highly skilled backcourt. Bishop hopes that Evans returns to All-Metro form after a subpar season. Damon has impressed Bishop enough to move into a starting role. Senior G Erika Dailey and sophomore G Tesha Tinsley lead a deep bench.

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