Thompson, a junior, would be considered undersized at the forward position at 5 feet 10. But what she lacks in physical stature has not deterred her ability under the basket. Thompson is averaging a team-high 18.1 rebounds and 20.7 points per game for the 5-1 Yellow Jackets. She scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in a 50-37 victory over Wilson last week. M.M. Washington will face its most difficult test of the year Friday when it travels to H.D. Woodson, a team it has never beaten.
Sefi Adasi and Shannon Mertz
The Tigers (11-2) have been bolstered this season by their two senior post players. Adasi, a center, scored her 1,000th career point in a win over Whitman on Dec. 17 and is averaging 16.3 points per game. Mertz, a forward, is 84 points shy of her 1,000th point, but should reach that mark soon as she is averaging 12.8 points per game. Both girls also are averaging over 10 rebounds per game, and both turned in key performances in Georgetown Visitation's most recent victory, a 63-54 win over Potomac (Md.). Mertz had 22 points, 13 rebounds and 6 steals; Adasi added 21 points and 12 rebounds.
In eight of the Trojans' nine games this season Garrett, a 6-foot-2 sophomore forward, has finished with a double-double. In Gaithersburg's (4-5) most recent outings, a 64-45 loss to No. 4 Damascus and a 61-52 win over Springbrook, she continued that trend. Garrett totaled 18 points and 14 rebounds against the Hornets and it was her 24-point, 14-rebound showing that keyed the victory against the Blue Devils.
The Wolverines, off to a 5-0 start, have won 26 of their past 27 games. The only loss in that stretch was to Milford Mill in last season's Maryland 3A semifinal. Hester, one of four returning starters, led a balanced Westlake attack in scoring last season with 13.8 points per game. This season, though, she has taken on a heavier load. After getting off to a somewhat slow start -- held to 11 and seven points in two of her first three games -- the 5-9 junior forward has stepped up her game. Hester totaled 23 points in a 69-39 win over Great Mills on Dec. 20 and scored a game-high 21 points in a 45-44 win over Long Reach in the Woodlawn Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27.
-- Angela Watts