Basketball preview: Potomac Valley Athletic Conference girls

December 4, 2013

Top teams

Grace-Brethren (17-5), Hebrew Academy (14-6), Covenant Life

Top players

G Brandi McLean, Grace-Brethren Christian, Sr.

G Ariana Romney, Grace Brethren Christian, So.

B.J. Koubaroulis, Brandon Parker and Roman Stubbs preview teams and players to watch in private school basketball. (Nicki Demarco/The Washington Post)

G Talia Starr, Hebrew Academy, So.

Skinny

Grace-Brethren finished with 17 wins a year ago and is expected to be a conference heavyweight this winter under Coach Grady Bennett, who returns talented guard Brandi McLean. A senior guard who once played Gwynn Park, McLean averaged 8.3 points and 13.4 rebounds as a junior. McLean will team with guards Jazsmin Bryant and Ariana Romney, who led the team last year as a freshman with 11.5 points per game. . . . Hebrew Academy lost its two top scorers, but returns guard Talia Starr, who averaged 9.7 pointslast season. Starr is averaging 17.5 points per game through four games this season. . . . Jewish Day will rely on youth, including sophomore Daphne Lerner and juniors Talia Gasko and Yaira Kalender. Lerner is averaging 15 points per game through two games this season. . . . Edmund Burke returns one of the league’s top juniors in Dominique Joe, who scored 37 points in a seasoning opening win over Barrie on Nov. 25.

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Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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