Basketball preview: Virginia AAA Concorde District girls

Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post - Karlie Cronin (21) will try to lead Oakton to a ninth consecutive district tournament title.

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B.J. Koubaroulis and Brandon Parker preview some of the top players and programs in the DMV area to watch this basketball season.

B.J. Koubaroulis and Brandon Parker preview some of the top players and programs in the DMV area to watch this basketball season.

Top players

G-F Dhyamond Crenshaw, Robinson, 6-0, Sr.; G Karlie Cronin, Oakton, 5-9, So.; G Jenna Green, Centreville, 5-6, Jr.; C Elizabeth Manner, Oakton, 6-1, Sr.; G Chloe Owens, Herndon, 5-8, Sr.

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Defending Virginia AAA champion Oakton enters the post-Coyer sister era looking to win a ninth consecutive district tournament title. The Cougars can shoot, and Manner has signed with Stony Brook . . . Owens is a 1,000-point career scorer counting her freshman season at Park View, sophomore season at Middleburg and junior season at Herndon . . . Green, a point guard, scored 19 points in each of Centreville’s first two games . . . Crenshaw (Chowan) transferred back to Robinson after a year at St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, where she played for her father, Calvin. She averaged 22.9 ppg last season. The Rams have eight freshmen and sophomores . . . Four of the six Concorde teams have new coaches — Centreville (Tom Watson), Chantilly (Kurt Sporkmann), Herndon (Otto Jett) and Westfield (Maggie Endler). Sporkmann was a Chantilly boys’ assistant the past eight years and takes over a program with eight freshmen and sophomores. Endler was a Westfield assistant for six years and inherits a team that graduated only two players. Watson was a Centreville assistant. Jett was a Chantilly assistant . . . Chantilly, led by senior post Allison Rowe, has a German exchange student, Ina Feistenauer, on its team.

 
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