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Wait Till Next Year! 5 Juniors, 1 Soph Named Star Cagers

April 04, 1985|SEYMOUR BEUBIS | Times Suburban Sports Editor

It is unusual when one or two non-seniors make the Times All-Glendale-area girls high school basketball team, but the 1984-85 squad features six.

For good measure, one of the underclass group is only a sophomore, Molly Wampler (6-1) of Crescenta Valley High School. The five junior members are Silvia Antanaitis (5-9) of Hoover, Millie Abich (5-6) and Tina Epps (5-10), both of Eagle Rock High, Kimi Kondo (5-3) of Marshall and Bettina Granger (5-3) of Franklin.

Rounding out the team are seniors Lynn Brockmeyer (6-4) of La Canada, Janice Miller (5-10) and Debbie Shaw (5-5), both of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, and Martha Rankin (6-0) of Glendale.

The 10-member squad is a blend of speed, size and scoring punch. The players range in size from Brockmeyer, the tallest at 6-4, to Kondo and Granger, the shortest at 5-3.

Selection was based primarily on voting by Glendale-area coaches and Times sportswriters. The Times also conferred with college coaches and prep basketball rating services.

Awards Ceremony

Players from nine circulation areas of The Times will be honored at an awards ceremony sponsored by the Los Angeles Times Fund at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Harry Chandler Auditorium at Times Mirror Square.

In addition to the All-Glendale area team, all-star squads from the San Gabriel Valley, Orange County, Westside, Southeast, South Coast, South Bay, San Fernando Valley and the Central City will be honored. A similar program will be held in San Diego.

A player of the year and a coach of the year from each area will be named. Every player will receive a certificate and trophy.

Long Beach State Coach Joan Bonvicini, who guided the 49ers to the Western Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and No. 2 ranking in NCAA Division I at the end of the regular season, will be the featured speaker.

One-Two Punch

The all-star squad:

Abich was part of a dynamic duo at Eagle Rock High along with Epps. They paced their team to a 14-5 record and went to the Los Angeles City 3-A semifinals before losing, 54-41, to eventual champion Crenshaw.

Displaying a deadly jump shot from about 15 feet, Abich averaged 19.9 points and 5 assists a contest. She was a first-team Northern League selection.

Playing in the tough 4-A Pacific League with a team that lacked the talent of others, Antanaitis nevertheless made her mark. The junior with the nice shooting touch hit for 18 points a game and despite being only 5-9 gathered in 7 rebounds a contest. Her free throw average was a solid 73%.

Brockmeyer was not only the rebounding scourge of the 1-A Rio Hondo League but the seventh best rebounder in any division of the CIF, averaging 16.5 a game. Her scoring average was 13.2.

She was a first-team all-league selection and was also named to the all-tournament team at the Rohr Classic in San Diego.

Epps: Drive and Shoot

No player on the team had more glittering statistics then Epps of Eagle Rock. She scored 23 points a game, combining drives to the hoop with a deadly jumper from 10 to 12 feet. The 5-10 junior also grabbed an outstanding 21.3 rebounds a contest. She was the Northern League MVP and an all-City selection.

Granger of Franklin High was described by Coach Christine Clark as the heart of her 9-13 team. The 5-3 dynamo scored 21.4 points a game, many on jump shots from 15 feet. She was a first team Northern League selection and made all-tournament teams at the Hamilton Tournament and Westside Invitational.

Kondo wins raves from her coach at Marshall, Beth Jacobs. "She is an aggressive, intelligent player," Jacobs said. The playmaking guard averaged 14 points, four assists and five rebounds.

A first team all-Park West League (3-A) selection, Kondo paced her team to a 12-7 record. She was an all-City selection and was all-tournament at Hamilton.

Miller Shot 57%

Miller was the scoring leader on a balanced Flintridge Sacred Heart team that owned a 23-4 record and advanced to the CIF Small Schools finals before losing to Boron, 47-42.

Shooting about 57% from the field, Miller averaged 14.9 points and 8 rebounds.

Rankin was the catalyst on the 12-11 Glendale team that finished second in the 4-A Pacific League to powerhouse Muir. She averaged 13.3 points and 10.7 rebounds.

Shaw proved that a player does not have to score much to be valuable. Her job was to bring the ball down court and get it into the inside people. The talented 5-5 player did just that. She seldom shot and averaged only 5 points, but she averaged five assists and seldom turned the ball over.

Wampler is regarded in many circles as the best sophomore prospect in Greater Los Angeles. She can score (22.1), rebound (13.6), is quick, plays strong defense and can handle the ball as well as most guards.

She is an all-Pacific League selection and made the Beverly Hills Tournament team.

Those receiving honorable mention are Wendy Bishop, Valerie Fong and Dolores Lucero, all of Marshall; Lisa Renn and Lisa Erickson of Crescenta Valley, Erin Cassidy of Glendale and Leiani Ougi and Shelly Treat of Holy Family.

Glendale All-Star Girls' Basketball Team

Scoring Name, school Year Height Average Millie Abich, Eagle Rock Junior 5-6 19.9 Silvia Antanaitis, Hoover Senior 5-9 18.0 Lynn Brockmeyer, La Canada Senior 6-4 13.2 Tina Epps, Eagle Rock Junior 5-10 23.0 Bettina Granger, Franklin Junior 5-3 21.4 Kim Kondo, Marshall Junior 5-3 14.0 Janice Miller, Flintridge Sacred Heart Senior 5-10 14.9 Martha Rankin, Glendale Senior 6-0 13.3 Debbie Shaw, Flintridge Sacred Heart Senior 5-5 5.0 Molly Wampler, Crescenta Valley Sophomore 6-1 22.1

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