Basketball preview: Southern Maryland Athletic Conference girls


Calvert's Rachel Loube (1) celebrates in the closing seconds along Alexis Smith(23) and Jasmine weems(3); and Tiara Lester (far right) celebrate the closing seconds of the Cavaliers’ state semifinal win last season. (Mark Gail/WASHINGTON POST)
Top Teams

Calvert (25-2); North Point (21-4); Westlake (17-6)

Top Players

G Alexis Smith, Calvert, 5-7, Jr.

G Diana Logan, North Point, 6-0, Sr.

G/F Tejahne Malone, Westlake, 5-10, Sr.

G Tasia Butler, North Point, 6-2, Jr.

Skinny

Calvert and North Point should be the class of the SMAC, and should be among the best in the area. The Cavaliers return every player from last year’s Maryland 2A championship team, including Smith and seniors Rachel Loube and Tiara Lester . . . North Point adds Logan – a transfer from Riverdale Baptist and a Loyola (Md.) commit – to an existing nucleus that includes Butler. The Eagles will add senior forward Miesha Adams when she returns from offseason knee surgery later this month. . . .

Malone is healthy after a knee injury kept her out for most of last season, and Westlake could challenge the conference frontrunners. . . . 6-foot-2 senior center Ayonna Richardson and senior guard Thomasina Lyles lead a Thomas Stone squad that is talented but lacks significant varsity experience beyond its two stars. . . . Guards Kirstin Norris (12.7 ppg) and Tyaira Priest (4.1 apg) and forward Ashya Short (9.7 rpg) return for Chopticon, who should remain strong after going 16-9 last year. . . .

Great Mills (9-13) was shaken up in a bus accident on the way back from a scrimmage last month, but junior guard Tyniece Woodland leads a Hornets team that could challenge Chopticon as the best team in St. Mary’s County. . . . McDonough went 13-11 last year, and senior guards Carley Flowers, Quandria Dyson and Imani Briscoe, and junior forward Robin Heard all return.

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