Season-opening girls’ basketball Top 20


Riverdale Baptist starts the season where it finished off last season — at No. 1. (Doug Kapustin/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
December 7, 2011

2010-11 record listed; final ranking in parentheses.

1. Riverdale Baptist 30-5 (1)

With five Division I signees, the Crusaders are aiming for a fourth consecutive No. 1 finish locally.

2. St. John’s 33-2 (2)

The defending WCAC and City Title champions are poised for another run with All-Met Gs Lindsay Allen and Mooriah Rowser.


Lindsay Allen (15) and St. John’s open the season ranked second. (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

3. Good Counsel 29-5 (4)

Four of All-Met G Faith Randolph and the Falcons’ losses last season were to St. John’s, including one- and five-point games.

4. Holy Cross 26-7 (6)

The third WCAC team considered to be a league contender, the Tartans boast size with 6-foot-5 C Lanay Montgomery (due back soon from knee surgery) and F Pandora Wilson.

5. West Springfield 28-2 (10)

The Spartans return the top four scorers from last year’s Northern Region championship squad, led by All-Met G April Robinson (Duquesne) and Georgetown recruit Logan Battle.

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Faith Randolph and Good Counsel are ranked third. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)

6. Gaithersburg 25-0 (3)

The Trojans lost seven players from their Maryland 4A title squad but bring back G Colleen Marshall (East Carolina) and F Jackie Jackson (Temple).

7. Calvert 25-2 (7)

The Cavaliers return every player from last year’s Maryland 2A state championship team. G Alexis Smith is the reigning SMAC Player of the Year.

8. H.D. Woodson 18-12 (NR)

Behind a talented senior class, including F Jephany Brown, the Warriors look to claim their seventh straight DCIAA title and pad their 87-game conference winning streak.

9. Oakton 25-2 (12)

All-Met Caroline Coyer and twin Katherine Coyer as well as 6-foot-2 F Elizabeth Manner are back off the team that lost just once in Northern Region play.

10. Georgetown Visitation 27-5 (13)

The Cubs aim for their sixth consecutive ISL AA title, powered by Gs Kate Gillespie (Holy Cross) and Maddy Williams.

11. Forest Park 24-4 (8)

Boasting one of the top back courts in the area, with Lexi Carpenter (Dayton) and Breyana Mason, another Virginia AAA state tournament trip could be in the offing.

12. Spalding 28-5 (5)

The only local team to beat Riverdale Baptist last season, the Cavaliers lost four of their top five scorers but are again IAAM favorites.

13. Bullis 21-7 (NR)

The primary challenger to Georgetown Visitation in the ISL AA, the Bulldogs will lean on leading returning scorer and rebounder Lynee Belton, a sophomore.

14. Wise 21-6 (15)

Maryland 4A finalists return two of their top players from last season: senior Gs Eliqua Brooks and Khadijah Gibson, who averaged a combined 28 points per game.

15. Bowie 22-4 (NR)

The Bulldogs, who return eight players, lost only once during Prince George’s County 4A play last season.

16. Frederick 22-4 (11)

Senior G Lauren Tolson (19 ppg) sparked the Cadets to their first Maryland 3A title last season.

17. North Point 21-4 (16)

Riverdale Baptist transfer and Loyola commit Diana Logan joins an Eagles squad, with G Tasia Butler and F Miesha Adams, that advanced to the Maryland 4A semifinals.

18. Northwest 20-5 (20)

F Carla Batchelor (14 ppg, 10 rpg) is back after leading the Jaguars within a win of their first region title.

19. Glenelg 24-2 (18)

The Gladiators graduated just one player off a squad that went unbeaten in Howard County play last season.

20. Mount Vernon 21-5 (NR)

The National District champion Majors return their top six scorers, led by G Kelly Loftus (15 ppg).

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