1997-98 record: 6-10
Coach: Ayanna McClean
Top players: Brooke Campbell, 5-11, Soph., G; Melissa Richardson, 5-8, Sr., F; Nicole Webb, 5-9, Jr., F; Barnetta Berkley, 5-2, Sr., G
Outlook: First-year coach McClean played for Breezy Bishop at Western and also was an assistant to her for three years and wants to instill in the Bears what she learned, strong fundamentals and discipline.
1997-98 record: 13-7
Coach: George Petrides
Top players: Danise Gayles, 5-10, Sr., G; Jessica Shipley, 5-8, Jr., G; Anne Phillips, 5-11, Sr., C; Hattie Carpenter, 5-11, Sr., F; Amanda Evans, 5-6, Jr., G
Outlook: The Knights, who have won 13 games in each of the past three seasons, again should be one of the city's better teams. City has three starters back but must offset about 40 points a game lost to graduation.
1997-98 record: 3-12
Co-coaches: Shelah Irby and John Robinson
Top players: Latarsha Bowie, 5-6, Jr., G; Shanay McClellan, 5-6, So., G; Dwania Lamb, 5-8, Sr., F
Outlook: It's a rebuilding season, with only three players back and most newcomers having never played competitive basketball.
1997-98 record: 16-7
Coach: Wardell Selby
Top players: Keisha Wills, 5-10, Jr., C; Tierra Little, 5-5, Soph., F; Tiffany Jones, 5-6, Fr., G; Constance Simms, 4-11, Sr., G; Toni Kennedy, 5-6, Fr., F/G
Outlook: Selby, in his third season, should see Dunbar's improvement from 2-14 two season ago continue. Wills (16.7 points, 11 rebounds a game) is the leading returning scorer and one of several veterans. Add to the mix several skilled newcomers -- including Gwynn Lake transfer Jones -- and the Poets could be a sleeper.
1997-98 record: 10-11
Coach: Elise Collier
Top players: Connie McCullough, 5-6, Jr., F; Karen Kennedy, 5-0, Sr., G; Teree Boyd, 5-5, Soph., F; Shanita Whitehurst, 6-1, Soph., C; Kimberly Terrell, 5-3, Jr., G; La-Quita Shepherd, 5-5, Sr., G/F
Outlook: The Redskins, who fell short of expectations last season, have four starters back. McCullough was last year's leading scorer (11 a game) and rebounder (15).
Forest Park Foresters
1997-98 record: 5-15
Coach: Darrin Baker
Top players: Chanea Moore, 5-8, Sr., F; Sheena Montague, 5-10, Soph., C; Charnell Halloway, 5-6, Fr., G; Vanee Johnson, 5-5, Fr., G
Outlook: Baker is counting on the experience of Moore, a transfer from St. Frances, to help lead a young team. Montague is the one returning starter.
Lake Clifton Lakers
1997-98 record: 10-6
Coach: James Monroe
Top players: Sheronda Bailey, 5-11, Sr., F/C; Tyesha Smith, 5-6, Jr., G; Sheneka Lewis, 5-6, Sr., G; Shekona Lewis, 5-6, Sr., G; Faith Moore, 5-7, Soph., G; Danielle Alexander, 5-8, Sr., F
Outlook: With a senior-laden squad and all five starters returning, Monroe expects improvement. He hopes for an up-tempo game. A go-to player is still needed, though.
1997-98 record: 15-5
Coach: Nancy Havranek
Top players: Tobie Ashley, 5-7, Soph., G; Camella Boyd, 5-11, Soph., F/C; Shalynn Harrison, 5-11, Soph., F/C; Takisha Robinson, 5-5, Jr., G
Outlook: With three freshman starters last season, Mervo was a surprise region finalist, success that will not be unexpected this time. Returnees include Ashley, who averaged 17 points a game.
1997-98 record: 5-11
Coach: Sean Dunn
Top players: Ghorpu Woah-Tee, 5-11, Sr., F; Lauren Owens, 5-3, So., PG; Kimberly Ragin, 6-2, Fr., C; Jazma Brown, 5-7, Jr., G; Shaunte Montgomery, 5-7, So., G
Outlook: Expectations are high for this team, which lost often, but was competitive last season, and why not? They return their leading scorer, Owens; their leading rebounder, Woah-Tee; and their best defender, Brown.
1997-98 record: 17-4
Coach: Wayne Jackson
Top players: Latrice Gilbert, 5-1, Jr., G; Dawn Toomer, 5-5, Soph., G; Jessica Bordley, 5-9, Jr., F
Outlook: Only two starters return for what could be something of a rebuilding year that Jackson expects to start slowly.
1997-98 record: 5-17
Coach: Ed Brzozowski
Top players: Nicole Scott, 5-2, Sr., G; Delcina Smith, 5-4, Soph., G/F; Latoya Carter, 5-10, Sr., C; Adisha Richardson, 5-7, Jr., F; Amelia Dosis, 5-3, Sr., G
Outlook: Brzozowski, JV coach for six years, succeeds Derek Maki, who stepped down after 14 seasons. Guard-heavy and lacking height, the Clippers look to be rebuilding.
1997-98 record: 16-9
Coach: Mark Sawyer
Top players: Ravin Chase, 5-11, Soph., F; Jamilah Rideout, 5-4, Sr., G; Mia Thomas, 6-0, Jr., C; Jasmine Jennings, 5-4, Soph., G; Tia Wilson, 5-8, Jr., F
Outlook: Graduation cost the Engineers four starters, but they still figure to be competitive. Sawyer expects his team to get a lot of points off defense, which he always preaches. Poly's inside game should be strong.
1997-98 record: 1-13
Coach: Bill Parker
Top players: Sherry Brown, 6-0, Fr., C; Sheronica Collins, 5-6, Soph., G; Betty Carter, 5-0, Soph., G; Lakeisha Nelson, 5-7, Soph., F; Jennifer Hoover, 5-6, Jr., F
Outlook: Only one player has varsity experience, so the Bulldogs seem likely to have another tough season.
1997-98 record: 2-10
Coach: Arlene K. Scott
Top players: Jennifer Stewart, 5-5, Jr., G-F; Karin Banks, 5-5, Jr., G-F; Patricia Bryant, 5-7, Jr., G-F; Lisa Young, 5-3, Jr., G-F
Outlook: The Sabers return just four players, all juniors, which bodes well for the future but means this season may be another struggle.
1997-98 record: 9-11
Coach: Vanessa Marion
Top players: Dena McGriff, 5-8, Sr., F; Samone Smart, 5-0, Jr., G; Lavern Alston, 5-9, Sr., F; MiShaun McFadden, 5-10, Sr., C; Jimea Barner, 5-5, Sr., G
Outlook: Former Gwynn Lake players McGriff and Barner, a former All-Metro player, should provide scoring, and three Warriors starters are back.
1997-98 record: 25-3
Coach: Artie Uhlich
Top players: Delena Deshields, 5-7, Sr., G; Latia Few, 5-4, Sr., G; Crystal Falline, 5-11, Sr., C; Joy Gorham, 5-8, Jr., F; Melanie Harrington, 6-1, Sr., C
Outlook: In his first season last winter, Uhlich guided the Doves to the Class 4A state semifinals, where they were a point short after a last-second shot was waved off. With a solid nucleus, Western is favored to get another opportunity at a state title. Point guard Deshields leads the Doves' balanced offense, which includes outside shooter Few and inside specialist Falline.
Bryn Mawr Mawrtians
1997-98 record: 12-6
Coach: Jim "Snuffy" Smith
Top players: Theresa Sherry, 5-7, Jr., F/G; Jodi Eipper-Mains, 5-11, Jr., C/F
Outlook: Smith, a veteran men's college coach, faces rebuilding in the Association of Independent Schools A Division with his first high school girls team after losing two key players to transfer and injury. His roster includes seven freshmen and sophomores.
1997-98 record: 9-11
Coach: Michael Brown
Top players: Allison Merkle, 5-8, Sr., G; Molly Cumberland, 5-9, Sr., F; Dana Czawlytko, 5-8, Sr., F; Megan McAuliffe, 5-3, Fr., G; Laura Dantoni, 5-7, Fr., F
Outlook: The Cubs are young but have more experience this season with the addition of two Amateur Athletic Union-tempered freshmen. With five solid players and senior leadership, Brown expects to do better than last season, although the Cubs still are not ready to challenge for the AIS A Division's top spot.
1997-98 record: 15-7
Coach: Judy Turnbaugh
Top players: Jessie Adkins, 6-1, Sr., C; Anouk Erni, 6-0, Jr., F; Allison White, 5-8, Soph., G; Ashley Bastinelli, 5-7, Soph., G; Karleena Tobin, 5-7, Fr., G
Outlook: Three returning starters -- Adkins, White and Bastinelli -- provide a solid foundation for the Quakers, an AIS A Division tournament semifinalist last winter. The younger Quakers have AAU experience and should be ready for most of their competition.
Greater Grace Crusaders
1997-98 record: 12-9
Coach: Jennifer Lynch
Top players: Nicole Gorham, 5-4, Soph., G; Meredith Stevens, 5-6, Fr., G; Katie Colby, 5-8, Jr., C; Joanna Hadley, 5-6, Jr., F; Danielle Benoit, 5-4, Soph., G; Melanie Jipson, 5-6, Jr., G
Outlook: The two-time defending Maryland Christian Athletic League champions have four starters back and are favored to win a third title. Leading is Gorham, who averaged 15 points last season. Stevens is expected to make an impact offensively.
Institute of Notre Dame
1997-98 record: 1-19
Coach: Herb Hoelter
Top players: Ann Parker, 5-10, Jr., F; Kim Breitenother, 5-4, Jr., G; Jessa Karko, 5-10, Jr., F; Nia Mobley, 5-11, Fr., F; Jayme Otto, 5-10, Fr., F; Jessica Lader, 5-6, Sr., G
Outlook: The Indians appear to have the young talent to begin rebuilding. Hoelter, a first-year coach who assisted at Park last year, faces considerable inexperience, and having Breitenother sidelined for a week with a sprained ankle doesn't help.
1997-98 record: 22-10
Coach: Mary Ella Marion
Top players: Jamie Vogtman, 5-11, Sr., C; Ashlee Courter, 5-9, Sr., G; Kaitie Schuyler, 5-6, Jr., G; Abby Pyzik, 5-5, Jr., G; Becky Wilson, 5-11, Sr., F
Outlook: The Magic returns all five starters from last year's runner-up to Seton Keough in the Catholic League tournament championship. Led by two-time All-Metro pick Vogtman (17.4 points, 10 rebounds a game), the Magic should make another run at the top, especially after the emergence of Schuyler and Pyzik in last year's tournament.
1997-98 record: 5-12
Coach: Steve Palazzo
Top players: Tiffany Capparella, 5-6, Sr., G; Jenifer Denk, 5-8, Sr., G; Alicia Lewis, 5-5, Sr., F/G; Kim Prager, 6-0, Sr., C; Toni Santana, 5-4, Sr., G; Jennifer Wegrocki, 5-7, Jr., F
Outlook: Palazzo said this will be the best team in his six years at Pompei. Some players have been together since eighth grade, and all of the seniors have played together since ninth, which should translate into an excellent team game. Independents, the Lions will go after titles this season at tournaments at Mount Carmel and Maryvale.
Roland Park Reds
1997-98 record: 22-4
Coach: Scott Buckley
Top players: Betsy Gaines, 5-6, Sr., G; Meghan Kelly, 5-4, Sr., G; Elizabeth Ryan, 5-8, Sr., G; Kelsey Twist, 5-10, Soph., F; Stasia Thomas, 5-9, Sr., F
Outlook: The Reds should pick up right where they left off last season. With four returning starters led by All-Metro Gaines (16 points and four rebounds a game), the AIS A Division runner-up again will tackle one of the area's toughest schedules. Twist, however, may miss the first two weeks with a sprained ankle.
St. Frances Panthers
1997-98 record: 17-13
Coach: Jerome Shelton
Top players: Latonya Blue, 5-11, Soph., F; Shanell Watson, 5-3, ,, Jr., G; Tiffany Jackson, 5-7, Jr., G; Charity Lee, 6-0, Jr., C; Kia Coady, 5-4, Fr., G
Outlook: The addition of Blue, who played at Gwynn Lake last season, as well as a load of freshman talent, should boost the Panthers into Catholic League contention.
Seton Keough Gators (AIS team)
1997-98 record: 14-11
Coach: Debbi Pearson
Top players: Tess Romiti, 5-4, Sr., G; Allison Thompson, 5-6, Sr., G; Stephanie Roscher, 5-3, Sr., G; Katie Purper, 5-9, Jr., C
Outlook: With Romiti, Roscher and Purper back, the defending AIS B Division champs have experience. Lack of height and depth are concerns, but the top four are solid and should keep the Gators competitive in the B Division.
Seton Keough Gators (Catholic)
1997-98 record: 18-10
Coach: Jim Stromberg
Top players: Denise King, 5-8, Jr., G; Sarah Walsh, 6-1, Sr., C; Nikki Brown, 5-6, Jr., G; Meaghan Allan, 5-5, Jr., G; Laura Stromberg, 5-10, Jr., F; Itxaso Mallaviabarrena, 6-1, Sr., G
Outlook: The defending Catholic League tournament champions lost four seniors who were part of regular-season or tournament titles for the last four years. Even so, the Gators should remain among the league's contenders. Transfer Mallaviabarrena, the youngest member of the Spanish junior national team, adds strength to a backcourt led by King.
Preseason Top 20
2., Roland Park
3., St. Mary's
7., Seton Keough
9., John Carroll
10., Milford Mill
11., Arch. Spalding
14., St. Frances
15., Francis Scott Key
16., Long Reach
18., River Hill
Pub Date: 12/06/98