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1998-99 Baltimore County girls basketball previews

THE BALTIMORE SUN

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Arlington Baptist Eagles

1997-98 record: 5-13

Coach: Liz Byers

Top players: Janae Burris, 5-1, Sr., G; Julie Barber, 5-4, Jr., G; Jocelyn Johnson, 5-5, Jr., G; Candace Moon, 5-9, Jr., C; Lori Veasel, 5-6, Soph., F/G.

Outlook: With four starters back, Byers is looking for an improved season in the Association of Independent Schools B Division. The Eagles have a stronger bench and a better defense. Johnson led the team in scoring last year and Moon led in rebounding, so the Eagles should get off to a quick start.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1997-98 record: 11-17

Coach: Sonya Howell

Top players: Nina Auster, 5-7, Jr., F; Stacy Hollander, 5-1, Fr., G; Jackie Fuchs, 5-7, Jr., G; Adynna Samuels, 5-8, Sr., F; Yael Levin, 5-8, Soph., G.

Outlook: The Warriors finished strong in a rebuilding season last year, and Howell hopes to pick up where they left off. They have experience even though there are only two seniors. With speed and several years of playing together, the Warriors should move up in the AIS B Division.

Garrison Forest Grizzlies

1997-98 record: 7-10

Coach: Steve McManus

Top Players: Mandy Dougherty, 5-9, Sr., G; Courtney Kirby, 5-11, Jr., C; Alexa Sabelhaus, 5-11, Jr., F; Carey Ann Aprahamian, 5-8, Jr., G; Catie Corbin, 5-6, Jr., G; Katie Wright, 5-11, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Grizzlies lost six players to graduation, but bring back experience in their seniors and juniors. They should have one of the strongest inside games in the AIS B Division and some of the best rebounding. Speed and quickness could also help the Grizzlies move over .500.

Lutheran Saints

1997-98 record: 20-4

Coach: John Buetow

Top players: Leslie Caple, 5-7, Sr., G; Allison Bruton, 5-7, Jr., F; Jessica Banach, 5-9, Jr., C; Kristen Williamson, 5-8, Jr., F; Michele Caple, 5-8, Soph., G.

Outlook: The Saints lost top scorer and rebounder Nevin Caple, but return four starters and add the youngest of the three Caple sisters. Last year, the Saints were favored to win the AIS B Division but lost to Seton Keough in the final. They haven't forgotten. That drive along with experience, balance and depth should make the Saints a force again in the division.

Maryvale Lions

1997-98 record: 3-13

Coach: Chuck Teal

Top players: Megan Huether, 5-6, Fr., G; Kate Killen, 5-6, Jr., G; Megan Powdowski, 5-8, Sr., F/G; Dana Olsson, 5-6, Jr., G.

Outlook: Teal, who coached the Lions soccer team to the AIS B Division title game, takes over a rebuilding team. The Lions are inexperienced with only two seniors, including 5-5 G Cathy Wachter, so Teal will stress defense and try to build confidence while sticking to the basics.

McDonogh Eagles

1997-98 record: 24-1

Coach: Katie Keating

Top players: Vicki Brick, 5-7, Sr., G; Greichaly Cepero, 6-2, Sr., C/F; Jazmine Norton, 5-7, Sr., G; Aisha Mason, 5-10, Sr., C/F; Katie Nelson, 5-7, Soph., G; Amanda Hartzell, 5-10, Jr., F/G.

Outlook: Last season's No. 1 team should pick up right where it left off. The top returning player is All-Metro Player of the Year Brick (20.4 ppg. 3.8 apg, 5.1 spg), who has signed with Maryland. The Eagles suffered a couple of key losses but filled those holes with transfers Cepero, from Puerto Rico, and Hartzell, from Pennsylvania. Cepero, one of the nation's top 50 players and an AAU teammate of Brick, is being recruited by UCLA and Nebraska to play basketball and volleyball. Add to those an underrated pair of veteran contributors in Norton and Mason, and the Eagles have all the ingredients to again dominate the AIS A Division and the metro area.

Mount Carmel Cougars

1997-98 record: 11-14

Coach: Rob Bonner

Top players: Kirsten Herold, 5-8, Sr., G; Tiesha Gross, 5-7, Jr., F; Susan Ecke, 5-5, Sr., G; Marianne Narbut, 5-4, Sr., G; Tiffani Simmons, 5-6, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Cougars, who played an independent schedule last season, play in a league for the first time. They formed the new Chesapeake Women's Athletic Conference along with CHEN, Annapolis Area Christian and two Eastern Shore teams -- Sts. Peter and Paul and Gunston. With 11 players back and only one starter lost, the Cougars appear to be in strong position to contend for the league championship.

Mount de Sales Sailors

1997-98 record: 10-20

Coach: Bill Held

Top players: Janet McKinnon, 5-0, Soph., G; Kerry Poisal, 5-5, Jr., G; Katrina Zelenka, 5-7, Jr., F/G; Maura Fannin, 5-10, Jr., F; Julie Baronas, 6-0, Jr., C.

Outlook: The Sailors finally have a home court as they christen their new gymnasium this winter. They also have a veteran team, returning all five starters. The Sailors have experience, depth and talent, so they could improve their record, although they likely will not be able to contend with the Catholic League's best teams.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates

1997-98 record: 8-10

Coach: Heather Castle

Top players: Lauren Aumiller, 5-9, Sr., G; Lauren Keller, 5-8, Sr., G; Amanda Ostrowski, 6-0, Sr., C/F; Laura Randisi, 5-7, Jr., F; Cary Chasney, 5-4, Soph., G.

Outlook: After graduating from Virginia last year, Castle returns to her alma mater for her first varsity coaching job. She inherits a fast, athletic team with especially good guards. The Pirates will look to pick up the pace in the AIS A Division, running an up-tempo game.

Oldfields

1997-98 record: 5-10

Coach: Sven Jensen

Top players: Yoko Hsieh, 5-7, Jr., G; Keslie Tomlinson, 5-7, Sr., F; Laurel Dell, 5-7, Sr., F; Alex Gilman, 6-0, Soph., C.

Outlook: Oldfields graduated its top player, Jacquette McGhee,

so the challenge will be to have others step into leadership roles. Only two starters return, including Hsieh, a veteran point guard from Japan. Jensen will try to build an up-tempo game and expects to land in the middle of the AIS B Division.

Park Bruins

1997-98 record: 13-10

Coach: Robin Willard

Top players: Rebecca Sandler, 5-5, Soph., G; Eloise Grose, 5-6, Fr., G; Katherine Diven, 5-6, Jr., F; Emily Datnoff, 5-6, Sr., C.

Outlook: The Bruins face a rebuilding season after graduating seven seniors, who took 90 percent of the scoring with them. Although young, the Bruins have four seniors, including 5-7 C Kim Taylor, 5-6 F Sara Hoelter and 5-6 G Marte Meyerhoff. There's much speed and enthusiasm, so Willard expects improvement in each game, although it will be difficult for the Bruins to contend in the AIS A Division.

Perry Hall Christian Panthers

1997-98 record: 2-14

Coach: Carole Willey

Top players: Sarah Nelson, 5-4, Sr., G; Juliane Lellyo, 5-4, Sr., G; -- Laura Slivey, 5-9, Soph., C; Jessica Lathrop, 5-6, Jr., F; Janelle Cruikshank, 5-7, Soph., F.

Outlook: First-year coach Willey expects the Panthers to contend in the Maryland Christian Athletic Conference this season. With a veteran backcourt, young talent inside and a solid bench, the Panthers could easily improve on last year's record.

St. Paul's Gators

1997-98 record: 4-13

Coach: Dewayne Burroughs

Top players: Micah Cunningham, 6-1, Sr., C; Lauren Whitty, 5-10, Soph., F; Meg Spies, 5-9, Soph., F/G; Paola Sardi, 5-8, Sr., G; Emmy Brooks, 5-8, Soph., G.

Outlook: Burroughs, who coached at Northwestern two years ago, takes over an AIS A Division team that appears to be on the rise. With a solid corps of returning players and a balanced game, Burroughs hopes to reach .500 or better.

St. Timothy's

1997-98 record: 8-9

Coach: John Bonn

Top players: Greta Miller, 5-9, Sr., G; Danielle Dolvin, 5-10, Sr., F; Meredith Gibboney, 5-6, Soph., G; Mija Gibboney, 5-6, Soph., G; Amy Porterfield, 5-11, Jr., C.

Outlook: Bonn's squad lost a hearterbreaker in last year's AIS B Division semifinal and will be looking to contend for the title again. They return four starters including leading scorer Miller (11 ppg), an Amateur Athletic Union veteran. With experience, size and skill, they should be among the favorites in the division.

Towson Catholic Owls

1997-98 record: 7-13

Coach: Kirk Haywood

Top players: Erica Haywood, 6-1, Jr., C; Jess Fauntleroy, 5-11, Jr., F; Rachael Browne, 5-7, Jr., G; Gloria Quinn, 5-10, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Owls have a solid post game, but lack a point guard. AAU veteran Erica Haywood (19.2 ppg, 20 rpg, 6.5 bpg) brings back the most impressive numbers in the division and she will get help from Fauntleroy and Quinn. If coach Haywood can find someone to handle the ball, the Owls could contend in the AIS B Division.

Pub Date: 12/09/98

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