Basketball preview: Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A girls

December 7, 2011
Top teams

Gwynn Park (18-6), Largo (25-2), Surrattsville (17-7)

Top players

F Nakita Gray, Friendly, 6-0, Sr.

G Jasmine Hill, Surrattsville, 5-6, Jr.

G Genesis Lucas, Gwynn Park, 5-6, Jr.

G Rachel Smith, Douglass, 5-7, Jr.

Skinny

Though Gwynn Park lost key players — including Caira Washington, who transferred to Georgetown Day — the Yellow Jackets are the early favorite to contend in the conference. Two-year starter Lucas will be joined by returning starters Tiana Hall and Kristian Brown . . . . Perennial contender Largo will rely on Derica Souder and Keena Samuels; the Lions lost second-team All-Met Jessica Lyons and other key contributors to graduation. . . .

Surrattsville returns three starters and will be led by Hill, senior guard Christina Briscoe and sophomore forward Chanea Butler. . . . Coaches say that Friendly (16-9) could be a dangerous team with its height behind junior Janay Carter and leading scorer Gray, a three-sport athlete (volleyball and track). ... Behind leading scorer Smith (16.1 ppg) and a new coach, Douglass (6-16) could challenge some opponents.. . . Darren Witherspoon, a former Bowie assistant, takes over as Douglass’s new coach

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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