Basketball preview: Others/independent girls

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) - Riverdale Baptist has arguably the area’s best backcourt thanks in part to Chloe Jackson (23).

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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 Camille Calhoun, Spalding, 5-11, Sr.

G Auteaonna Gilmore, Riverdale Baptist, 5-8, Jr.

G Chloe Jackson, Riverdale Baptist, 5-9, Jr.

G Taylor Murray, Annapolis Area Christian, 5-6, So.

G Chania Ray, Riverdale Baptist, 5-8, Jr.

Skinny

Riverdale Baptist, now coached by former program assistant Sam Caldwell, has finished as the Post’s No. 1 team for the past four seasons. The Crusaders graduated seven Division I players but boast perhaps the best back court in the area with Gilmore (the lone returning starter), Jackson and St. John’s transfer Ray (James Madison). Forward/center Maya Singleton and center Jonelle Britt have signed with Marshall; Britt will miss a few weeks with a knee injury. Riverdale added transfers Tykera Carter (Brooke Point), Malika Wright (Forest Park) and Diamond Mickel (Osbourn Park). Riverdale has games scheduled in Phoenix, Las Vegas, New York and Tennessee. . . . Spalding lost in the IAAM-A final last year, the Cavaliers’ third straight appearance in the championship. Spalding has three Division I players who have committed — Calhoun (Virginia Commonwealth), F Jade Scaife (UNC Greensboro) and forward Sierra Clark (St. Francis, Pa.). . . . Pallotti is junior-oriented, with several attracting college interest. . . . George Mason will try to win its fourth Virginia A Division 2 title in five seasons, led by guard/forward Stephanie Cheney (Penn), the Falls Church school’s all-time leading scorer. . . . Middleburg sophomore forward Rachel Malinowski averaged a double-double and five blocks and sophomore guard Courtney Radcliffe averaged 10 points, 4 assists and 3 steals last season. The Dragons return four starters. . . . For Annapolis Area Christian, Murray averaged 18.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7 steals and 4.7 assists. The IAAM C champions move up to IAAM B this season.

 
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