Bryn Mawr Mawrtians
1995-96 record: 10-7
Coach: Terry Detorie
Top players: Sara Barnett, 5-8, Soph., G; Mia Medlin, 5-8, Sr., F/G; Theresa Sherry, 5-4, Fr., G; Jodi Eippers-Mains, 5-9, Fr., F.
Outlook: The Mawrtians graduated three starters, so Bryn Mawr will need bigger contributions from several people on offense to be successful in the Association of Independent Schools A Division. The Mawrtians will be an athletic team that will rely on its quickness and aggressiveness to compensate for the lack of height and an inside game. With just two seniors, Bryn Mawr may have to withstand some growing pains, but a winning record doesn't seem an unrealistic goal.
1995-96 record: 7-9
Coach: Cynthia Tyson
Top players: Melissa Richardson, 5-10, Soph., G; Rhonda Harris, 6-1, Jr., C; Barnetta Berkley, 5-3, Soph., G.
Outlook: The Bears have been close to .500 the past two years but are expected to take a step backward this season. They lost four starters, including Vida Milberry, the area's leading scorer last season who accounted for more than half of that team's offense. Carver will be without a JV team for the fourth straight season, so Tyson is concentrating on teaching fundamentals.
1995-96 record: 3-10
Coach: Michael Brown
Top players: Allison Merkle, 5-4, Soph., G; Allison Haley, 5-4, Jr., G; Molly Cumberland, 5-7, Soph., C; Corrine Butcher, 5-2, Jr., F.
Outlook: The Cubs, who compete in the AIS A Division, have an experienced group returning, and Brown believes they will improve on last season's record. They are already on the right track, winning two of their first three games. Catholic won't be lacking in athleticism, because several players were members of the highly-touted soccer team. Look for Catholic to be an up-tempo team, with defense setting up the offense.
1995-96 record: 13-9
Coach: George Petrides
Top players: Rolynda Contee, 5-10, Jr., C; Sheimeka Johnson, 5-5, Sr., G; Keisha Evans, 5-5, Sr., G; Corey Schreier, 5-4, Sr., G.
Outlook: The Knights return a good nucleus, which includes two starters, and have some promising younger players. Heading the returnees is Contee (16 points, 19 rebounds a game), the team's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer last season. City, however, will have a void to fill at point guard. Petrides said his team may not be able to beat the league powers but should be competitive.
1995-96 record: 6-11
Coach: Mary Hughee
Top players: Dekera Sanders, 5-3, Soph., G; Veronica Street, 5-8, Sr., F; Jeneaka Nixon, 5-5, Jr., F; Natasha Gilbert, 5-8, Sr., F.
Outlook: The Ducks made positive strides last season after going winless the year before. This season, Hughee said she is hoping to reach .500. Douglass returns four starters, but lost its leading scorer to transfer. The addition of 6-3 sophomore center Renalda Owens, a transfer from South Carolina, should give the Ducks a strong inside game.
1995-96 record: 2-14
Coach: Wardell Selby
Top players: Tina Snead, 5-8, Sr., F; Constance Simms, 4-11, Soph., G.
Outlook: Selby, a self-described disciplinarian with experience as Amateur Athletic Union coach and as an assistant at Morgan State and the Community College of Baltimore, takes over a struggling program. He has already established a long-term goal: to replace Western as the city's top team and raise Dunbar's girls team to the Poet boys' level. Short term, he wants to better last season's record, and has set .500 as a minimum goal. The Poets return six players, including three starters, and will play full-court man-to-man defense.
1995-96 record: 10-10
Coach: Elise Collier
Top players: Kenya Langley, 5-4, Sr., G; Chantey Yates, 5-5, Jr., F/G; Schmeka Griffin, 5-8, Soph., C/F; Karen Kennedy, 5-0, Soph., G.
Outlook: With four starters back among six returnees, the Redskins hope to break .500 this season. Edmondson has several newcomers who are expected to make an impact, especially sophomore center Latia Davis and freshman forward Connie McCullough. Freshman guard Kimberly Terrell gives the Redskins a solid ball-handler. Edmondson's biggest problem will its lack of height -- the Redskins' tallest player is 5-8 -- so quickness and aggressive play will be necessary.
Forest Park Foresters
1995-96 record: 3-11
Coach: Darren Baker
Top players: Leslie Thorne, 5-10, Sr., F; Charlene Alexandra, 5-9, Sr., C; Sumiko Squire, 5-8, Jr., F; Fray Pagan, 5-7, Jr., G; Tangier, 5-5, Soph., G.
Outlook: The entire starting lineup returns for first-year coach Baker, who said he is hoping for a .500 season. First and foremost, Baker has stressed discipline and conditioning. He has implemented a motion offense and a man-to-man pressure defense. In addition to their starting five remaining in tact, the Foresters have a solid sixth man in freshman point guard Arden Pagan.
1995-96 record: 9-6
Coach: Judy Turnbaugh
Top players: Abby Owen, 5-8, Sr., F; Ella Masson, 5-7, Jr., F/G; Tammy McLeod, 5-6, Jr., G; Kirsten Campbell, 5-7, Jr., G; Jessie Adkins, 5-10, Soph., C; Maron Deering, 5-7, Soph., G.
Outlook: With a combined nine sophomores and juniors and just one senior, the Quakers are building for the future. The present, however, doesn't look too bad, either, for this AIS A Division squad. Turnbaugh said this team is stronger and more physical than last season's, and its attitude and cohesiveness are better, as well. Three starters return, and most of the team is experienced, despite their underclassmen status.
Greater Grace Crusaders
1995-96 record: 1-19
Coach: Jen Lynch.
Top players: Johanna Brown, 5-7, Sr., G; Jessica Love, 5-3, Sr., G; Sarah Kirby, 5-7, Sr., C; Shara Calixta, 5-7, Jr., F.
Outlook: Lynch takes over the varsity after coaching the junior high team to an undefeated season last winter. She brought with her four freshmen and two eighth-graders who have already helped the Crusaders match last year's win total. The Crusaders even start one eighth-grader, 5-4 G Nicole Gorham. Strong defense and team cohesion should help the Crusaders make a big move in the Maryland Christian Athletic League.
Institute of Notre Dame Indians
1995-96 record: 13-10
Coach: Bill Sexton
Top players: Candace Farmer, 6-1, Jr., C; Carolyn Blakosh, 5-11, Sr., F.
Outlook: A rebuilding season for the Indians, who will have to do so while competing against some of the area's top teams in the Catholic League. Sexton takes over for Deb Taylor (now at Spalding), inheriting a team that graduated its top three scorers and rebounders. On the positive side, Farmer has the potential to be a force inside, and Sexton said he likes the Indians' depth. Four freshmen are on the squad, two of whom could make an immediate impact, Sexton said.
Lake Clifton Lakers
1995-96 record: 6-9
Coach: James Monroe
Top players: Ayana Thompson, 6-1, Sr., C; Quiana Muse, 5-7, Sr., F.
Outlook: The Lakers fell on hard times last season, dropping to six wins after going 17-3 the year before. It probably won't get any easier this season, although Monroe believes .500 is attainable. Two senior starters return, but sophomores comprise the majority of the team. Most of those players were on the team as freshmen last year, and Monroe feels they will be better prepared this season.
1995-96 record: 18-10
Coach: Mary Ella Marion
Top players: Shannon Cohen, 5-5, Sr., G; Jamie Vogtman, 5-11, Soph., C; Ashlee Courter, 5-9, Soph., G/F.
Outlook: This could be a big season for the Magic, which is one of the favorites in the Catholic League. Mercy turned its program around last season after a 7-20 finish the year before and returns its entire starting lineup. Leading the returnees is Cohen (17.9 points, 6.0 assists a game), a second team All-Metro selection and one of the area's top point guards. Vogtman (10.4 points a game, 11.2 rebounds a game) and Courter (11.3 points a game, 6.2 rebounds a game) return as well after outstanding freshmen seasons. Marion said there won't be a set starting five and she should be able to go 10 players deep.
1995-96 record: 13-6
Coach: Nancy Havranek
Top players: Melisa Knox, 5-4, Sr., G; Monica Lacks, 5-9, Sr., F.
Outlook: The Mustangs have shown gradual improvement over the past three seasons, improving their win total from 5 to 10 to 13. They even won a playoff game last year. This season, however, Mervo will probably be rebuilding. The Mustangs graduated last year's top three players, and several other players opted not to return. Havranek said she will go back to basics, teaching fundamentals and relying on quickness to compensate for a lack of height.
1995-96 record: 2-12
Coach: William Dockery
Top players: Tia Moss, 6-0, Sr., C; Selina Fedd, 5-11, Jr., F; Candice Reefer, 5-11, Jr., F; Gina Welch, 5-4, Soph., G.
Outlook: First-year coach Dockery is confident the Vikings will improve on last season's record. He expects Feld, a transfer from Georgia, to be an impact player and also is high on another pair of newcomers -- sisters Chevilla and Lameca Crenshaw. The Vikings have size and experience in the frontcourt (three players 5-11 or taller). Once the players adjust to Dockery's system, Northern could be a team to watch in the city.
1995-96 record: 9-3
Coach: Dwayne Burroughs
Top players: Nicole Eades, 5-8, Jr., G/F; Keonna Weaver, 5-6, Fr., Melita Dennis, 5-6, Jr., G; Monique Lee, 5-9, Sr., F.
Outlook: Burroughs takes over after the retirement of longtime coach Lillian Brown. He brings with him a 98-11 career record with Free Play, an AAU team. The Wildcats return four starters and have the potential to be the city's second best team, behind Western. Burroughs said his top eight players are solid. Eades, who led the Wildcats in scoring (18 points a game), is a legitimate inside-outside threat. The Wildcats lack height, but Burroughs plans to compensate with quickness and a trapping defense.
Our Lady of Pompei Lions
1995-96 record: 3-15
Coach: Steve Palazzo
Top players: Alicia Lewis, 5-4, Soph., F; Mina Perivola, 5-6, Sr., G; Tiffany Caparella, 5-6, Soph., G.
Outlook: The Lions have gone just 4-26 the past two years, but Palazzo believes they can reach .500 this season. Fundamentally, Palazzo said his team is ahead of last year. Lewis, Perivola and Caparella -- the top three players on last season's team -- all return. Once again, the Lions lack height.
1995-96 record: 9-13
Coach: Derek Maki
Top players: Anita Hyman, 5-6, Sr., G/F; Thelma Brown, 5-7, Sr., C; Shaunte Sunn, 5-6, Sr., F; Felicia Lyons, 6-2, Jr., C; Nicole Scott, 5-4, Soph., G.
Outlook: Things are looking up at Patterson. Four starters are among the seven returnees, including Hyman, who averaged 18 points a game last season and has more than 1,200 career points. She will move from point guard to forward. The Clippers appear to have a good mix of talent, depth and experience. Additionally, Maki has been impressed with four newcomers. He feels his team may still be a level below Western, but it should be competitive with anyone else in the city.
1995-96 record: 19-4
Coach: Charlie Sullivan
Top players: Monica Harrison, 5-10, Sr., C; Shanne Woodberry, 5-9, Jr., F.
Outlook: The Engineers have emerged as one of the top teams in the city in recent years, culminating in their first victory over Western to win the city championship last season. They probably won't be able to duplicate that feat this season after graduating their top seven players. Sullivan, however, believes he still has some talented players, especially Woodberry. Height is needed inside, but Poly will continue to harass teams with its pesky man-to-man defense.
Roland Park Reds
1995-96 record: 11-8
Coach: Scott Buckley
Top players: Lauren Miller, 5-11, Jr., C; Elizabeth Ryan, 5-8, Soph., F; Stasia Thomas, 5-9, Soph., F; Betsy Gaines, 5-4, Soph., G; Megan Kelly, 5-3, Soph., G.
Outlook: Despite starting four freshmen last season, the Reds emerged as winning team in the AIS A Division after a 3-11 season the year before. Those four freshmen all return, including AAU players Gaines and Kelly. Miller led the team in scoring last season. The Reds' roster is still laden with underclassmen, with three freshmen, six sophomores, two juniors and no seniors. First-year coach Buckley is pointing to next season as the Reds' year, but they should be able to make an impact on the AIS this season as well.
St. Frances Panthers
1995-96 record: 10-12
Coach: Jerome Shelton
Top players: Sherry Dawkins, 5-0, Sr., G; Nillion Lambert, 5-9, Jr., G/F; Michelle Inman, 5-10, Sr., G/F.
Outlook: After back-to-back Catholic League Tournament championships and two 20-plus win seasons, the Panthers slipped under .500 and fell to fifth place in the Catholic League last season. Now they will have to deal with the graduation of point guard Jakia Ervin, who accounted for most of the team's offense last season. Shelton, however, believes the Panthers will be improved with three returning starters and five freshmen who could make an impact. If his players jell, St. Frances could be a team to watch, although the competitive Catholic League doesn't leave much for growing pains.
Seton Keough Gators (AIS)
1995-96 record: 11-2
Coach: Debbi Pearson
Top players: Chrissy Dabkowski, 5-8, Sr., G; Katie Roscher, 5-1, Jr., G.
Outlook: The Gators suffered a setback when two starters from last season opted not to return. Nevertheless, the defending AIS B Division champions should still be one of the leagues' better teams. Seton Keough has added some new players, including 6-foot tall freshman Silke Popp and junior point guard Natalie Crook, who was a member of the school's Catholic League team last season. Pearson said she expects the backcourt to be the team's strength.
Seton Keough Gators (Catholic)
1995-96 record: 25-5
Coach: Jim Stromberg
Top players: Charity Carbine, 5-6, Sr., G; Andrea Pinheiro, 5-8, Sr., F; Amanda Foster, 5-4, Jr., G; Nessa Klein, 6-0, Jr., C.
Outlook: Not only did Seton Keough graduate its top two players it also will be without Katie Hammen, a three-point threat who is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. But don't discount the Gators' chances in the Catholic League. Stromberg, one of the area's most-respected coaches, always gets the most out of his players. The Gators have four skilled freshmen to go along with a good nucleus of fundamentally-sound veterans. The big question mark is how the team will compensate for the scoring it lost. Carbine (5.1 points a game) is the leading returning scorer.
1995-96 record: 0-12
Coach: Bill Parker
Top players: Latrina Felder, 5-6, Jr., G; Felicia Taylor, 5-7, Sr., G/F; Erica Pointer, 5-9, Sr., C; Ebony Saunders, 5-9, Jr., F.
Outlook: Parker, who has 27 years experience coaching boys basketball teams at Southern and Edmondson, takes over a program that has nowhere to go but up. The Bulldogs have lost 46 straight games over the past three seasons, but Parker is optimistic that they will break the streak. His first goal is to rid the Bulldogs of their losing attitude, instill some pride and teach the fundamentals. Felder averaged more than 20 points a game last season.
1995-96 record: 8-10
Coach: Arlene Scott
Top players: Shenika Sumpter, 6-0, Jr., F/C; Crystal Brockington, 5-10, Sr., G/F.
Outlook: The Sabers graduated three starters, including their leading scorer, Shelia Parker. Scott, however, believes her team has the potential to surpass last season's victory total. Much of her optimism is because of Sumpter (15 points a game, 13 rebounds a game) and Brockington (10 rebounds a game), both formidable in frontcourt. But inexperience -- the team is mostly freshmen and sophomores -- may stall Southwestern's progress.
1995-96 record: 10-4
Coach: Vanessa Marion
Top players: Ieshia Brown, 5-3, Soph., G; MiShaun McFadden, 5-10, Jr., F; Simone Smart, 5-1, Fr., G.
Outlook: The Warriors will have a new look and a new coach. Pete Connally retired after last season after compiling more than 300 victories over 18 seasons. It figures to be a rebuilding year for the team that rose to national prominence in the 1980s. Only two players return and just one starter (Brown). Marion said her first priority is to teach her girls to understand the game. Until that is accomplished, she said she won't set goals for wins and losses.
1995-96 record: 19-6
Coach: Breezy Bishop
Top players: Marion Moore, 5-10, Sr., G; Keivette Hammond, 5-7, Sr., G; Crystal Fallin, 6-2, Soph., C.
Outlook: Last season was considered a "down" year for the Doves, whose six losses were the most in the 24-year history of the program under Bishop. Western doesn't figure to be "down" this season. The Doves return 10 players, led by Fallin (13.9 points a game, 8.6 rebounds a game, 3 blocks) and Moore (13.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.8 steals), and should have depth at every position. Western is still young, with two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen. Two of the sophs will start. Last season, the Doves were 0-5 in games decided in the last three minutes, and Bishop is hoping another year's experience will swing those games in Western's favor this year. Greater Grace Crusaders
Coach: Pat Lynch
1995-96 record: 8-12
Top players: Johnny Stevner, 6-3, Sr., F; Josh Sliva, 6-2, Sr., C; Garrett Stevens, 5-11, Sr., G; Mike Byrne, 6-3, Sr., F
Outlook: Scoring, led by Stevner (17 points a game last season) and depth should be the strengths of this team, but the defense and ball-handling have to improve for the Crusaders to improve on their fourth place finish last season in the Maryland Christian Athletic League.
Previews of the remaining city boys basketball teams were published in Sunday's Sun.
Preseason Top 20
1. Arundel (No. 1 last season)
2. St. Mary's (3)
3. Hammond (4)
4. Mercy (11)
5. Seton Keough (2)
6. McDonogh (5)
7. Annapolis (9)
8. Wilde Lake (12)
9. Centennial (15)
10. Western (not ranked)
11. John Carroll (NR)
12. Milford Mill (20)
13. Perry Hall (19)
14. Howard (16)
15. C.M. Wright (6)
16. Broadneck (NR)
17. Meade (NR)
18. Towson (NR)
% 20. Severna Park (10)
Pub Date: 12/04/96