After a state tournament appearance last season, Woodgrove should contend in the Dulles District. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Top teams

Loudoun County (24-6), Woodgrove (25-4)

Top players

G Brooke Basinger, Woodgrove, 5-11, Jr.

F Kayla Tibbs, Heritage, 5-8, Sr.

B.J. Koubaroulis, Brandon Parker and Tariq Lee preview teams and players to watch in Virginia basketball. (Nicki Demarco/The Washington Post)

F Halle Lynch, Woodgrove, 5-6, Sr.

F Rachel Bowyer, Loudoun Valley, 5-10, Jr.

F/C Maggie Phillips, Loudoun County, 6-0, Sr.


Loudoun County will be the team to beat in the Dulles District this year. Led by center Maggie Phillips, the Raiders have enough size and shooting to contend for a state title. Loudoun County returns almost the entire squad from last year’s state semifinalist. . . . Woodgrove figures to be Loudoun County’s top challenger, though it’s reloading after losing Stephanie Purnell. The Wolverines should be able to get plenty of scoring from Brooke Basinger and Halle Lynch, with Basinger coming off a season where she made 56 three-pointers. . . . Loudoun Valley has a lot of experience returning, including Rachel Bowyer and Emily Thompson. The Vikings could be a sleeper team. . . . Heritage lost Breana Smart’s 10.3 points per game but does get one of the county’s best scorers back in Kayla Tibbs. Jonique Mitchell and Ashley Silvernale will likely see bigger roles this year. . . . Dominion only lost two seniors from last year’s roster but won’t have Alexia Johnson, who transferred to Broad Run. The Titans do return 6-0 center Olivia Bonnette. . . . With Brittney Williams (10.7 points per game) graduated, Park View will look for senior forward Lindsay Turner to be more of a scoring option this season. . . . Champe’s Ja’che Malone will look to improve upon her freshman season, in which she led her team with an average of 8.1 points per game. Basketball Preview

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Girls: Concorde | Liberty | National | Patriot

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