Basketball preview: WCAC girls

Katherine Frey/The Washington Post - Amanda Fioravanti, center, and Good Counsel will aim to repeat as Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champions.

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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

F Amanda Fioravanti, Good Counsel, 6-1, Sr.

F Ariana Freeman, Paul VI Catholic, 5-11, Jr.

G Lindsay Allen, St. John’s, 5-7, Sr.

G Janelle Hubbard, Elizabeth Seton, 5-8, Sr.

G Lindsey Spann, Good Counsel, 5-7, Sr.

Skinny: Good Counsel, unbeaten in league play last season, returns nine players, including Fioravanti (Virginia) and Spann (Penn State). Spann is out for a few weeks with a foot fracture . . . Allen, a two-time All-Met, will try to lead St. John’s to a fourth consecutive WCAC championship appearance . . . The buzz team this season is Paul VI, which has never won the league crown but returns all of its players, including Freeman (West Virginia) and guard Marlena Tremba (William & Mary), and added 6-foot-4 sophomore transfer Jonquanae Cole from Stonewall Jackson . . . St. Mary’s Ryken, with Delaware signee Brittani Burgess, beat several of the area’s top teams in offseason competition . . . Holy Cross, with 6-4 Rhamat Alhassan, should challenge for a top-four spot in the 10-team league . . . At Elizabeth Seton, National Christian transfer Brianna Bush (Towson) joins returning all-WCAC pick Hubbard (Richmond) . . . O’Connell hired Northern Virginia AAU veteran Aggie McCormick-Dix to run its program, which has lost 90 of its last 104 league games . . . Carroll has speed . . . McNamara is carrying six freshmen . . . Ireton snapped a 70-game WCAC losing streak last season.

 
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