Oakton's Caroline Coyer (center) heads down court after a steal as West Springfield's April Robinson (left) and Mel Todd (right) give chase. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)
Top teams

Oakton (25-2); Robinson (18-8); Herndon (4-16)

Top players

G Caroline Coyer, Oakton, 5-10, Sr.

G Katherine Coyer, Oakton, 5-11, Sr.

F Chaney Forbush, Centreville, 6-0, Sr.

G Tyler Hansen, Robinson, 5-8, Sr.

G Deborah Headen, Herndon, 5-9, Sr.


Oakton remains the favorite as the Cougars return the Coyer twins, who combined to average 22 points per game last season, and 6-2 forward Elizabeth Manner. All-Met Caroline Coyer set a Northern Region record with 167 assists last season. . . . Robinson returns several starters including Hansen, Megan Green and Christie Michals, who missed much of last year due to injury. The Rams will be hurt by loss of Dhyamond Crenshaw, who transferred to St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes. . . .

Chantilly (8-14) did not graduate any of its top six scorers and could factor into the race. . . . Keep an eye on Centreville, which should contend behind Forbush and point guard Jenna Green. The Wildcats have a strong young core of players, including two sophomores, a junior and a freshman that are averaging more than six points per game early in the season. . . .

Herndon returns seven players from last season, including Headen, a Longwood recruit who is 345 points shy of 1,000 in her career. The Hornets will also be boosted by the addition of Chloe Owens, who transferred from Middleburg, where she averaged 20.5 points per game last season.