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Basketball preview: WCAC girls

Amanda Fioravanti, center, and Good Counsel will aim to repeat as Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champions. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Top teams

Good Counsel (30-5), St. John’s (26-8), Paul VI Catholic (23-10)

Top players

F Amanda Fioravanti, Good Counsel, 6-1, Sr.

F Ariana Freeman, Paul VI Catholic, 5-11, 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)

G Lindsay Allen, St. John’s, 5-7, Sr.

G Janelle Hubbard, Elizabeth Seton, 5-8, Sr.

G Lindsey Spann, Good Counsel, 5-7, Sr.

Skinny: Good Counsel, unbeaten in league play last season, returns nine players, including Fioravanti (Virginia) and Spann (Penn State). Spann is out for a few weeks with a foot fracture . . . Allen, a two-time All-Met, will try to lead St. John’s to a fourth consecutive WCAC championship appearance . . . The buzz team this season is Paul VI, which has never won the league crown but returns all of its players, including Freeman (West Virginia) and guard Marlena Tremba (William & Mary), and added 6-foot-4 sophomore transfer Jonquanae Cole from Stonewall Jackson . . . St. Mary’s Ryken, with Delaware signee Brittani Burgess, beat several of the area’s top teams in offseason competition . . . Holy Cross, with 6-4 Rhamat Alhassan, should challenge for a top-four spot in the 10-team league . . . At Elizabeth Seton, National Christian transfer Brianna Bush (Towson) joins returning all-WCAC pick Hubbard (Richmond) . . . O’Connell hired Northern Virginia AAU veteran Aggie McCormick-Dix to run its program, which has lost 90 of its last 104 league games . . . Carroll has speed . . . McNamara is carrying six freshmen . . . Ireton snapped a 70-game WCAC losing streak last season.

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