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Tue. January 5, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Wesley Chapel coach Karim Nohra has the Wildcats in sound shape. After 14 games, the girls are 13-1.

Some key wins include a 21-point win against Wiregrass Ranch, a 16-point win against Durant and a 49-48 win against Wharton for the Riverview Christmas Tournament title.

That puts Nohra's overall mark at Wesley Chapel 39-4 in two seasons.

The current eight-game winning streak is second only to Wesley Chapel's 14 in a row the Wildcats won to start last season. Of course, Nohra guided the Wildcats to a region final berth in Year One.

And in similar fashion, Nohra has had to tinker with his lineup after starting guard Jeileen Mas quit the team and transferred to Wiregrass Ranch. Last season, Nohra lost Janel Mills for 19 games with a broken arm.

Due to Florida High School Athletic Association transfer rules, Mas is ineligible for the remainder of her junior season. She was a crucial piece of Wesley Chapel's offense as the starting two-guard. She scored 15 in her final game for the Wildcats, a 61-11 win against Pasco on Nov. 23.

Nohra said it was a "stealth move" and to this day he has not spoken with Mas.

Most importantly, Nohra had to find a new starter. After some tweaks, he settled on freshman Andrea Maguer - one of two freshmen to start including Simone Brown.

Sticking with the youth movement Tiffany Echeverria - another freshman - is the Wildcats' first player off the bench.

So far, it's veterans Shantel Houston, Hannah Noble and Abbey Kaczmarek scoring most of the points.
"I would say what we're doing best now is playing good D," Nohra said. "It's tremendous at keeping teams off guard. Our offense is not where I want to be and it's not clicking....I need my two freshmen to provide more offensive punch."

igould@tampabay.com

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