Basketball preview: Independent School League

Georgetown Visitation's Kate Gillespie drives the lane during a game against George Mason last season. Gillespie, a senior this season, has signed with Holy Cross. (Joel Richardson/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
December 6, 2011
Top teams

Georgetown Visitation (27-5), Bullis (21-7), Georgetown Day (7-13)

Top players

F Zoe Beard-Fails, Georgetown Day, 6-2, Jr.

F/C Lynee Belton, Bullis, 6-2, So.

G Kate Gillespie, Georgetown Visitation, 5-9, Sr.

G Alex Long, Flint Hill, 5-9, Sr.

G Maddy Williams, Georgetown Visitation, 5-11, Sr.


Georgetown Visitation, unbeaten in league play last regular season, aims for a sixth consecutive title. Gillespie, a second-team All-Met, averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. She has signed with Holy Cross. Teammate Kelsey Tillman, a point guard, is going to Vanderbilt on a soccer scholarship. St. John’s and Oakton are on the Cubs’ schedule. . . .

Belton led Bullis in scoring and rebounding as a freshman; teammate Taylor Jenkins has signed with South Alabama. Sophomore post Kirby Porter transferred in from Bethesda-Chevy Chase, where last year she was the team’s second-leading scorer as a freshman. . . .

Flint Hill (26-7), which upset Visitation in the league championship, lost to Paul VI in the Virginia independent school state final last season. Long has signed with Davidson. . . . At Georgetown Day, senior guard Bryanna Robinson from St. Mary’s Ryken and junior forward Caira Washington from Gwynn Park join Beard-Fails, a fourth-team All-Met. Anne Renninger enters her 30th year as coach at Sidwell Friends (22-5), which won the ISL A title last season thanks in part to center Tiara Wood.

Top teams

St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (12-14), St. Andrew’s (15-11), Potomac School (4-15)

Top players

G/F Dhyamond Crenshaw, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, 6-0, Jr.

F Grace Dewey, Potomac School, 6-3, Sr.

F Catherine Doulis, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, 5-8, Sr.

G Marta Sniezek, National Cathedral, 5-7, Fr.

G Eileen Williams, Holy Child, 5-4, Jr.


Sidwell Friends, which moved up to ISL AA, beat St. Andrew’s in the ISL A final last year. . . . All-league St. Andrew’s junior forward Tiffany Webster transferred to Montrose Christian. . . . Madeline Gobrecht, the daughter of Yale women’s basketball coach Chris Gobrecht and recent graduate of that school, takes over at Episcopal. Six-foot-3 sophomore center Rennie Harrison is one of her top players. Maroon forward Kelly Chandler will play lacrosse at Vanderbilt. . . .

Holy Child sophomore guard Talley Britt is the sister of Gonzaga All-Met point guard Nate Britt (a North Carolina commit). . . . Dewey is a Delaware signee. She had 56 points and 39 rebounds in the first two games this season. . . . Crenshaw, the daughter of St. Stephen’s Coach Calvin Crenshaw, was Robinson’s second-leading scorer last year. . . . After going 2-19 last season, National Cathedral dropped down from ISL AA.

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