Loudoun County's Casey Cummings (No. 44) is poised to help the Raiders back to the Va. state finals. (TRACY A WOODWARD/THE WASHINGTON POST)
Top teams

Loudoun County (26-5), Briar Woods (14-12), Potomac Falls (12-14)

Top players

C Casey Cummings, Loudoun County, 6-2, Sr.

G Erica Linnemann, Loudoun County, 5-6, Sr.

F Patricia Mook, Potomac Falls, 6-0, Jr.

G Ashley O’Neill, Briar Woods, 5-7, Sr.

F/C Imani Smith, Dominion, 6-1, Sr.


Loudoun County rode a four-guard lineup to the state final for the second time in three years and returns speedy backcourt duo of Linnemann and fellow senior Alex Lapple. Cummings will have more support in the paint with the return of senior Katrina Kirby (6-1), who played on the Lady Raiders’ 2009 title team. With Loudoun County’s long-time nemesis, Freedom-South Riding, now in the AAA Cedar Run, the rest of the league will look to close the gap. . . .

Briar Woods advanced to the Region II Division 4 tournament and returns three of its top five scorers. . . . Led by Mook (12 rpg) and centers Imani Jefferies and Tori Hooper, Potomac Falls will rely on physical interior play. . . .

Woodgrove (7-16) will rely on defensive-minded guard Brittany Basinger and 6-3 forward Stephanie Purnell to move up the standings in its second season. . . . Heritage (14-10), which returns to the district after two years in the Cedar Run, brings back its top four scorers from a team that tripled its 2009-10 win total.