Mount Vernon and Washington-Lee
The top two teams in the AAA National District are each 3-0 after the first full week of district play. Mount Vernon has won eight straight games since a 1-2 start, and has claimed 94 consecutive victories against district opponents. Four players average more than seven points a game for the Majors, led by senior Nikki Rowland (15.7) and junior India Thomas (14.2). Washington-Lee (8-4) won its first three district games by an average of more than 20 points. The Generals boast four players averaging more than eight points a game, led by junior point guard Tiffany Green (10.9), last year's district defensive player of the year. The two schools will face off Friday at Mount Vernon.
After a loss to defending AAA state champion Princess Anne in the first round of Stafford's holiday tournament, the Indians have won five straight. Four players -- Hanna Taylor, Meaghan Reiley, Devlin Reiley and Chanelle Downing -- have led the team in scoring during that stretch. Stafford, which has only one starter back from last year's team, will play Culpeper on Friday; both teams are 3-0 in the AAA Commonwealth District.
Three starters graduated from last year's 20-win team, but the Bulldogs (8-1) have regrouped behind the back court of senior Jasmine Byrd and junior Shareka Purnell. The Bulldogs will be tested this week against No. 20 Woodbridge tonight and No. 13 Forest Park on Friday.
The sophomore post player, a transfer from South Lakes, missed the Bulldogs' first three games while waiting for her family's move to the Chantilly area to become official. She entered the starting lineup last week, and averaged more than 14 points and more than eight rebounds in three games. Her addition to the roster hasn't disrupted Westfield's chemistry; the team is 6-3 since Honesty became eligible. "She's just such a great kid that I don't think anyone begrudges her the minutes," Westfield Coach Pat Deegan said.