Bryn Mawr Mawrtians 1992-93 record: 18-2. Coach: Nick Schloeder.
Top players: Tia Butler, 5-10, Sr., F; Carol Fakhry, 5-7, Sr., G; Emily Hickman, 5-11, Soph., F; Marcie Nitzberg, 5-7, Soph., F; Amber Taylor, 6-0, Sr., C.
Outlook: Life A. K. (After Kisha) has begun at Bryn Mawr. Kisha Ford, The Baltimore Sun's 1991-92 Player of the Year, has graduated and is now at Georgia Tech. Julie Szymanski and Angela Marks also have graduated, leaving the Mawrtians without their top three scorers and rebounders from last season. Bryn Mawr does return two starters -- Fakhry (8.0 ppg) at point guard and Hickman (7.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg) at forward. The rest of the
team does not have much experience.
Carver Bears 1992-93 record: 10-5. Coach: Cynthia Tucker.
Top players: Vida Milberry, 5-10, Soph., F-G; Cassandra Miller, 5-5, Jr., G; Latarsha Marshall, 5-11, Jr., F-C; Deneka Cornish, 5-9, Soph., F; Tanasha Williams, 5-4, Soph., G.
Outlook: You couldn't tell by looking at the roster, but the Bears return five players who saw significant time last season. Milberry (22.0 ppg) and Miller, who has started all of her three years, will lead the Bears. Tucker says the team will play a quick and aggressive style, and junior Sherrie Prioleau, who did not play last season, will help the inside game. The Bears only lost one player off last year's team, and should be competitive this season.
Catholic Cubs 1992-93 record: 3-14. Coach: Sister Donna Brodickas.
Top players: Val Argentino, 4-9, Sr., G; Jennifer Betley, 5-9, Jr., C; Tara Lafferty, 5-8, Jr., G; Marie Morrow, 5-6, Sr., F; Staci Supsic,
5-9, Sr., F.
Outlook: First-year coach Brodickas has three returning starters, but she will have to find someone to replace the scoring and leadership of Amy Beall, who graduated. Lafferty's development an offensive player could be the key to the Cubs' season. Brodickas believes the Cubs can improve on last year's record.
City Knights 1992-93 record: 9-9. Coach: Angelo Jeppi.
Top players: Melissa Campbell, 5-11, Sr., C; Linea Rogers, 5-9, Sr., G; Lisa Smith, 5-3, Sr., G; Venessa Griffin, 5-5, Soph., G-F.
Outlook: Jeppi says this will be a rebuilding year for the Knights, who return only one player (Campbell) from last year's team. Rogers, a transfer from Poly, should help give this young team some much-needed leadership. Jeppi, who coached the JV last season, will bring eight of his players with him to the varsity, and says he could be starting three sophomores and a freshman. The guards have impressed early, and ball-handling should be a strength.
Douglass Ducks 1992-93 record: 2-12. Coach: Mary Hughee.
Top players: Tonya Lee, 5-3, Sr., G; Ruth Williams, 6-0, Sr., C; Rebekah Williams, 5-11, Sr., F; Tekashia Hensley, 5-3, Sr., G; Pier Sellman, 5-6, Soph., G.
Outlook: The Ducks return a good group of seniors, led by last year's leading scorer Rebekah Williams (18.0 ppg). Hughee sees a more balanced attack this season, and says she will try to dictate the tempo by pushing the ball up the floor. The Ducks have two capable guards in Lee and Hensley, and can take advantage of good perimeter shooting if they can get the ball to them. The Ducks lack experience on the bench. Ruth Williams, Rebekah's sister, will fill the center role.
Dunbar Poets 1992-93 record: 6-8. Coach: Jennifer Jones.
Top players: Angel Davis, 4-11, Sr., G; Kendra Hawes, 5-11, Sr., C; Sharon Queen, 5-11, Sr., C; Alyscia Smith, 6-0, Jr., F; Keisha Smith, 5-9, Sr., F.
Outlook: The Poets return two starters -- Davis and Hawes -- from a team that barely missed the playoffs last season. Dunbar's schedule, which doesn't contain heavyweights like Western and Walbrook this season, should only help this senior-led team. Sisters Alyscia and Keisha Smith are keys for the Poets, and how quickly they adjust to their new responsibilities could be key. Jones has also been impressed by the work ethic shown by junior guard Tenessa Davenport.
Edmondson Redskins 1992-93 record: 3-14. Coach: Elise Collier.
Top players: Oprah Holmes, 5-5, Sr., G; Nakita Pope, 5-7, Jr., F-C; Rosilyn Bess, 5-6, Jr., C-F; Katrina Crutch, 5-5, Sr., G; Catria Melton, 5-6, Sr., F.
Outlook: The Redskins return eight players from last year's team and will rely on their quickness and defense to improve on last season's record. Holmes, Edmondson's leading scorer (14.0 ppg) will return, as will leading rebounder Nakita Pope (10.0 rpg). A deep bench led by Lucy Edwards and Keisha Whiting should keep a fresh group on the floor. Look for the Redskins to improve over last year.
Forest Park Foresters 1992-93 record: 9-6. Coach: Joanna Langston.
Top players: Sherri Anderson, 5-7, Sr., G; LeShaunda Clark, 6-1, Jr., F; Adonna Jones, 5-6, Sr., F; Sabrina Gaskins, 5-5, Sr., Jr., G; Christina Savage, 5-6, Jr., G.
Outlook: The Foresters return three starters from a team that lost to Towson in the playoffs last year. Anderson, the team's leader last year, should provide most of the offense, while Clark will handle most of the rebounding. Forest Park figures to be very strong at guard, where three players that saw significant time return. Defense and rebounding -- other than Clark -- could be problems.
Friends Quakers 1992-93 record: 10-3. Coach: Judy Turnbaugh.
Top players: Julie Bayne, 5-9, Jr., F; Katie Counselman, 5-6, Jr., G; Summer Downing, 5-7, Jr., F/G; Aubin McCarthy, 5-8, Sr., F.
Outlook: The Quakers, who won the AIS B East Division last season, move up to the A Division. Six players return, including three starters. Downing (14.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and McCarthy (9.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg) were the two leading scorers on last season's team. Bayne, a transfer from Notre Dame Prep, is likely to start.
IND Indians 1992-93 record: 9-12. Coach: Frank Moses.
Top players: Robin Johnson, 5-9, Soph., F; Sharon Karasavicz, 6-1, Sr., C; Debbie Krastel, 5-9, Jr., G; Candice Morrison, 5-9, Jr., G; Shannon Skopp, 5-9, Jr., G.
Outlook: The Indians were probably the area's toughest team to figure last season -- capable of upsetting a top-10 team one day and losing handily to a sub-.500 team the next. Predicting their fate this season may be equally as difficult. Moses, last season's JV coach, replaces longtime coach Jerry Hahn, which means the team will have to adapt to a new coaching style. Six-foot-1 center Kortni Webb transferred to St. Frances, leaving a void inside. On a positive note, Johnson -- who did not play last season -- is expected to make an immediate impact.
Lake Clifton Lakers 1992-93 record: 14-6. Coach: James Monroe.
Top players: Jinika Conley, 5-7, Jr., G; Celena Falline, 5-11, Sr., G/F; Natisha Ferguson, 6-6, Jr., C; Lashina Gross, 5-5, Jr., G; Debbie Hyman, 5-7, Sr., G.
Outlook: The Lakers became a top-10 team last season, and they could be even better. Lake Clifton's top three scorers -- Ferguson (18.0 ppg), Gross (17.0 ppg) and Falline (15.0 ppg) return. Gross, a two-time second-team All-Metro selection, is one of the area's top point guards and Falline is a strong defensive player. Ferguson improved tremendously last season and averaged 15.3 rpg. Hyman returns after sitting out her junior year for medical reasons.
1992-93 record: 18-8. Coach: Mary Ella Marion.
Top players: Shannon Burke, 5-7, Jr., F; Shannon Cohen, 5-5, Fresh., G; Rachael Grob, 5-5, Jr., G; Meg Kline, 5-10, Jr., C; Christina Williamson, 5-9, Sr., F.
Outlook: Having lost seven players -- including three starters -- to graduation, Marion suspects it may take a few games before team chemistry develops. "I think once we play teams the second time around they'll see a better Mercy team," she said. Williamson is a versatile player and one of the Catholic League's best.
Mervo Mustangs 1992-93 record: 3-13. Coach: Nancy Havranek.
Top players: Alexis Washington, 5-6, Soph., F; Cheryl Evans, 5-6, Soph., F; Ketia Carter, 5-4, Sr., G.
Outlook: The Mustangs have a good mix of youth and experience and should show rapid improvement over last season. Carter leads a group of eight returnees, and several of the Mustangs have sharpened their games over the summer. Havranek said she has three freshmen coming into her program that played recreation ball last season, and hopes one or two will step in quickly.
Northern Vikings 1992-93 record: 1-14. Coach: Craig Smith.
Top players: April Allen, Jr., G; Kimberly Robinson, Jr., C; Becky Morris, Jr., G; Jenal Stewart, Jr., G; Darlene Hill, Soph., F.
Outlook: The Vikings will carry only eight players, and Smith said a lack of participation at the school will severely limit the team's chance to be competitive. He will look to returnees Allen and Robinson to provide most of the offense.
Northwestern Wildcats 1992-93 record: 12-5. Coach: Lillian Brown.
Top players: Darnetta Wilkins, 5-5, Sr., G; Shalane Carter, 5-6, Soph., G; Michelle Hurt, 5-7, Soph., F; Tiffany Watson, 5-7, Jr., F; Keisha Roberts, 5-9, Sr., F.
Outlook: A playoff team last year, the Wildcats return five players this season. The leader among them is Carter, who averaged 15.0 ppg last season as a freshman. This team will rely on a quick defense, which will create opportunities for the offense. Brown mentioned the improved play of Wilkins and Roberts as a bright spot in the early going.
Patterson Clippers 1992-93 record: 10-11. Coach: Derek Maki.
Top players: Anita Hyman, 5-6, Fresh., G; Nicole Jones, 5-7, Jr., F; Valerie Koso, 5-7, Jr., G; Maggie Owsianny, 5-7, Sr., F; Jacqueline Wilkes, 6-2, Sr., C.
Outlook: With Hyman, Maki believes the Clippers have the ingredient that last season's team lacked -- a true point guard. The Clippers also have a healthy Owsianny, whose scoring average dipped from 13.8 ppg to 11.0 because of an ankle injury. Maki is expecting big things from Wilkes (10.0 ppg, 12.5 rpg), a strong inside player who has sparked interest from some Division I schools. Jones (10.0 ppg) is a great leaper who came on strong when Owsianny was hurt.
Poly Engineers 1992-93 record: 16-8. Coach: Mark Sawyer.
Top players: Angela Brice, 5-6, Sr., G; Kenya Holman, 5-10, Sr., F; Shantel Johnson, 5-7, Sr., G; Lisa Keller, 5-9, Jr., F; Kelly Logan, 5-6, Soph., F.
Outlook: The Engineers could be a team to watch. Seven players return from last season's team, which was the most successful in the history of the program. Leading the way is Holman, an inside/outside threat who averaged 13.0 ppg and 15.0 rpg last season. Logan (16.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) impressed Sawyer with her consistency as a freshman.
Roland Park Reds 1992-93 record: 3-8. Coach: Mary Hain.
Top players: Peggy Boutilier, 5-4, Sr., G; Melissa Coyne, 5-5, Fresh., G; Melissa Cully, 5-6, Sr., F/G; Virginia Hodges, 5-6, Sr., F/G; Kim Shuey, 5-9, Sr., C.
Outlook: Five players return, including four starters. Point guard Boutilier is a strong ballhandler, passer and defensive player. The Reds should be solid on the perimeter, but they may have trouble inside against taller opponents. Hain said Roland Park will use the fast break and will have to rely on speed and defense.
St. Frances Panthers 1992-93 record: 19-8. Coach: Jerome Shelton.
Top players: Melba Chambers, 5-11, Jr., F; Jakia Ervin, 5-6, Soph., G; Tammy Snell, 5-5, Jr., G; Kortni Webb, 6-1, Jr., C; Kristi Webb, 5-10, Jr., F.
Outlook: After going 10-37 in their first two varsity seasons, the Panthers emerged as a Top 15 team last year. Their upward surge should continue this season. Some Catholic League coaches are touting St. Frances as the favorite to unseat incumbent champion St. Mary's. Chambers (18.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg) is a fundamentally sound player who can score from anywhere. Kristi Webb (16.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) is a good open-court player who will be joined this season by her sister Kortni, a transfer from IND. Kortni gives the Panthers something they sorely needed -- a strong force in the middle. Ervin (14 ppg, 6 apg) is a solid point guard.
Seton Keough Gators 1992-93 record: 6-11. Coach: Mike Mohler.
Top players: Kelly Angelo, 5-7, Sr., G; Megan Donovan, 5-10, Soph., F; Cathy Dunaway, 5-9, Jr., F; Melanie Morris, 5-9, Soph., G; Katie Sparks, 5-10, Jr., F.
Outlook: The Gators have five returnees -- including starters Donovan and Morris. First-year coach Mohler said his team is "inexperienced but athletic." Three freshmen -- guards Charity Carbine and Katie Hammen and center Andrea Pinheiro -- should get significant playing time and possible starting roles. Seton Keough already has pulled the area's first upset by defeating McDonogh, 41-35, Thursday.
@Southern Bulldogs 1992-93 record: 4-10. Coach: Kevin Boone.
Top players: Tabitha Goss, 5-5, Jr., G; Terice Jackson, 5-1, Soph., G; Shimeeka Payne, 5-5, Fresh., G; Kellie Jones, 5-4, Fresh., G; Keisha Kere, 5-6, Soph., G-F.
Outlook: The Bulldogs lost leading scorer Keisha McFall -- who transferred to Lake Clifton -- and return no players from last year's team. Nevertheless, Boone said the attitude of the girls on the team is better this season, and that he will have them play an aggressive defense to try to get points off of turnovers. This guard-oriented team also has shooting range, with Goss and Jackson leading the way. The main things that worry Boone are a lack of height and consistency.
Southwestern Sabers 1992-93 record: 6-7. Coach: Arlene Scott.
Top players: Ronisha Smith, 5-5, Sr. F; Keisha Brown, 5-2, Sr., G; Shana Cooper, 5-9, Jr., C.
Outlook: Smith will be the lone returnee from last year's team, which lost in the first round of the regional playoffs. A low turnout at the school could hamper the program this year, but Scott decribed the Sabers as "young and hopeful," with only six or seven players on the team having any basketball experience. She said she has been impressed by the dedication shown by her young players, but they will need to mature quickly if the team is to do well.
@Walbrook Warriors 1992-93 record: 15-5. Coach: Pete Connally.
Top players: DaShawn Coleman, 5-6, Jr., G; Shawntay Franklin, 5-11, Jr., F; Jamee Greenwood, 5-10, Jr., F; Danielle Turner, 6-0, Soph., C; Barbie Vinson, 5-2, Soph., G.
Outlook: After losing three starters to graduation, Connally said his team is starting over. That may be a bit overstated. He returns two solid players in Greenwood and Coleman. Greenwood, an All-City forward, averaged 14.3 ppg and 11.3 rpg last season and emerged as a team leader. Coleman (10.5 ppg) has the ability to single-handedly turn a game around with her streaky outside shooting. Vinson, a transfer from Mervo, is likely to start at point guard.
1992-93 record: 25-1. Coach: Breezy Bishop.
Top players: Felicia Burroughs, 5-10, Jr., F; Danielle Davis, 6-2, Jr., C; Kimberly Smith, 5-9, Jr., G; Tesha Tinsley, 5-8, Jr., G; Chanel Wright, 6-0, Jr., G.
Outlook: The Doves are loaded again. Six players return -- including four starters -- led by the talented backcourt tandem of Wright and Smith. Wright (17.8 ppg), a first-team All-Metro selection, and Smith (13.8 ppg), a second-team All-Metro pick, are two of the best offensive players in the area. Davis (10.0 ppg) has developed into a strong inside player. Tinsley (8.2 ppg) is probably the Doves' best pure shooter. Burroughs (7.0 ppg) moves into the starting lineup this season. There is only one senior (backup point guard Ayanna Jenkins) and one freshman (guard Marion Moore).