Basketball preview: Virginia AAA Patriot District girls


Center Natalie Butler helped Lake Braddock reach the 16-team region tournament last season for the first time since the 2005-06 season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
December 5, 2012

Top teams

West Springfield (26-4), T.C. Williams (19-8), Lake Braddock (9-15)

Top players

C Natalie Butler, Lake Braddock, 6-4, Sr.

F Amy Berglund, West Springfield, 5-9, Jr.

B.J. Koubaroulis and Brandon Parker preview some of the top players and programs in the DMV area to watch this basketball season. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

F April Henson, South County, 5-10, Jr.

G Keara Finnerty, W.T. Woodson, 5-10, Sr.

G Christian Roberts, T.C. Williams, 5-11, Sr.

Skinny: West Springfield has not lost a district game since the 2008-09 season but 28th-year Coach Bill Gibson has to replace three of his top four scorers. The Spartans’ roster includes 10 freshmen and sophomores . . . T.C. Williams skews young, with two seniors, one of them Roberts (8.5 ppg) . . . Butler has signed with Georgetown. She scored 49 points in the Bruins’ first two games. She helped Lake Braddock reach the 16-team region tournament last season for the first time since the 2005-06 season . . . Finnerty, who averaged 21.9 ppg last year and made 79 three-pointers, will play at Stetson . . . Seniors Diana Hurtado and Gaby Ripani helped lead Annandale to a 10-4 district record last year . . . Henson averaged a double-double . . . Lee and West Potomac combined for five wins in 2011-12.

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