Yorktown’s Mikayla Venson works on her ballhandling during an early-morning practice with her father, Michael Venson. Venson, a 5-7 guard, is one of the area’s top returning players. (TRACY A WOODWARD/WASHINGTON POST)
Top teams

Edison (20-5); Mount Vernon (21-5); Yorktown (17-8)

Top players

F Emma Cooper, Washington-Lee, 5-11, Jr.

G Taylor Dunham, Mount Vernon, 5-5, Jr.

G Kelly Loftus, Mount Vernon, 5-7, Jr.

F Ruth Sherill, Edison, 6-1, Sr.

G Mikayla Venson, Yorktown, 5-7, So.


Edison brings back plenty of talent and will hold a distinct advantage with its size. Sherill and sister Sheila Sherill, who’s just under 6-foot, will be tough to match up with inside. . . . Mount Vernon, however, has a trio of juniors back, all of whom averaged double digits last season, led by Loftus, who averaged 15 points per game. Coaches said the Majors may be one of the most athletic teams in the area. . . . Washington-Lee’s Cooper averaged 12 points per game last season. . . . Yorktown returns Venson, who averaged 14.3 points per game as a freshman, and another strong sophomore in forward Hayley Molnar (7.7 ppg.).