Basketball preview: AAA Cardinal District girls


Forest Park's Lexi Carpenter has signed to play for Dayton and is the Cardinal District’s reigning player of the year. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)
December 7, 2011
Top teams

Forest Park (24-4), Potomac (18-6), Osbourn Park (10-9)

Top players

G Lexi Carpenter, Forest Park, 5-8, Sr.

G/F Alexis Carter, Osbourn Park, 5-10, Sr.

G Te’Shya Heslip, Potomac, 5-5, Sr.

F Tamara Majette, Hylton, 5-11, Sr.

G Breyana Mason, Forest Park, 5-9, Jr.

Skinny

Forest Park, the defending district and Northwest Region tournament champion, has early December games against private school powers Riverdale Baptist and St. John’s. Two of the Bruins’ losses last season were to Princess Anne, the Virginia AAA state champion. Forest Park opened this season with a loss to Stonewall Jackson. . . .

Carpenter, a third-team All-Met, has signed with Dayton and reigning district player of the year Carter inked with Hofstra. . . . None of Potomac’s top seven scorers last year were seniors, including center Shianne Goodwin (Furman) , Heslip (Howard) and guard Danielle Robinson (Northeastern). The team’s top scorer was forward Amber Porter. . . . Majette is bound for Norfolk State. . . .

Tiffany Jenkins (Potomac) and Tamika Dudley (Woodbridge) are first-year coaches and former standouts in their respective programs. . . . Former Forest Park assistant Donnie Gallitz takes over at Gar-Field (6-12), where senior guard Kianna Vivanco is one of the top players. . . . Ten of the 11 players for Freedom-Woodbridge (3-13) are perimeter players.

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