Sunday, January 14, 2001

High School Insider

Winton Woods girls basketball on upswing

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The scouts who used to frequent Winton Woods girls basketball games weren't the type coach Terry Wooten would have preferred.

        “The only scouts that came to our games were Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts,” Wooten said with a laugh. “Today, (high school) coaches are scouting us, as well as college recruiters.”

        After years as doormats of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference and the Queen City Conference National Division, the Warriors have an 8-3 overall record and are 6-2 in a tough FAVC Buckeye Divi sion that includes powerful Mason and Harrison.

        With a 3-18 record last season and a 19-45 mark the past three seasons, the Warriors were picked to finish last in the league but now are in second place.

        “When I
took over last year, I found a team with five seniors who saw little playing time the previous season,” Wooten said. “There were also two juniors and seven sophomores with no experience.

        “I wasn't discouraged because I knew what we had coming up from the JV (junior varsity) and eighth- grade teams that I followed closely,” Wooten said. “It was just a matter of being patient.”

        Senior guard Chanel Fletcher, a fourth-year starter who is averaging 12 points, eight assists, four rebounds and four steals a game — is enjoying the success.

        “Everybody at school always talked about how bad the team was and there was little support,” she said. “Now people are saying positive things and coming to our games.”

        Besides Fletcher, other key contributors are junior Amorah Johnson (averaging 12 points and five rebounds a game), and senior Keisha Box (7 ppg, 8 rpg).

        TRIPLEHEADER ON TAP: Although the closest school is more than a 60-minute drive, basketball teams from Eastern Brown, Western Brown, North Adams and Whiteoak will participate in a tripleheader Saturday at Xavier's Cintas Center.

        Western Brown and North Adams boys will play at 6 p.m., Eastern Brown and North Adams girls play at 7:30 p.m., and Whiteoak and Eastern Brown boys play at 9 p.m.

        TICKETS AVAILABLE: Tickets for all sessions of the state wrestling, boys basketball and girls basketball tournaments at the Value City Arena in Columbus are on sale.

        Tickets for the five-ses sion wrestling tournament (March 1-3) are $35.00. Tickets for the girls basketball tournament (March 15-17) are $56 for all sessions, and tickets for the boys basketball tournament (March 22-24) are $84. Call 800-462-8257 or 614-292-2624.

        Single-game tickets will be sold at a later date.

        GAME RESCHEDULED: The Taft-Withrow boys basketball game, originally scheduled for Tuesday at Taft, will be played at noon Monday as part of a doubleheader at Firstar Center. An IBL game between the Cincinnati Stuff and New Mexico Slam follows at 3 p.m..

        Tickets, which cost $5, are good for both games.

        STATS: The Enquirer will accept girls and boys basketball statistics today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 768-8544 or 768-8452.

        Coaches also can fax statistics to 768-8550 before 4 p.m. or e-mail them to before 4 p.m.

        Coaches should include a top-10 poll for either Division I or Divisions II-IV.

        Wrestling coaches should use the follow procedure to report honor roll nominations:

        For Division I fax to 398-4183 or e-mail, and for Divisions II-III, call 396-5559 or e-mail, anytime Sunday or before noon Monday.

        Swimming coaches should fax honor roll nominations to 831-9714 or e- mail them to on Sunday.

        Gymnastics coaches should call Ed Schwegler between noon and 5 p.m. today at 858-3275.

        COACHES NEEDED: Anderson has the following coaching vacancies: freshman baseball, junior-varsity tennis, girls varsity tennis and girls varsity soccer. Call Randy Corbitt at 232-2772 or e-mail

        KANIS NAMED: Chris Kanis, an assistant boys soccer coach at McNicholas the past three seasons and a 1990 graduate, will take over the varsity team next season. He replaces Brian Berning, who left to spend more time with his family.

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