:Frederick's Lauren Tolson celebrates with teammates after beating Aberdeen for the Maryland 3A championship title last season. Tolson, a dynamic playmaker receiving Division I recruiting interest, is back for her senior season. (Mark Gail/WASHINGTON POST)
Top teams

Frederick (22-4); Urbana (19-5); Tuscarora (12-12)

Top players

F Erica Buls, Oakdale, 6-3, Jr.

G Lauren Tolson, Frederick, 5-8, Sr.

G Cara Mason, Urbana, 5-6, Sr.

G Peyton Carper, Urbana, 5-11, Sr.

G Shania Johnson, Tuscarora, 5-0, So.


Frederick’s guards fueled its Maryland 3A title run last season, but Coach Keivette Hammond thinks her squad will have more balance this year. She expects big production from forwards India Dotson and Darian Little. The Cadets return just two starters but one of them is Tolson — a dynamic playmaker receiving Division I interest. . . .

Urbana came up a point short of making the 4A title game last season. The Hawks — now in the 3A classification — return three starters, including Carper and Mason (28 ppg combined). . . . Tuscarora, which posted a program-record 12 wins last season, has a young squad anchored by Johnson — who posted 14 points per game as a freshman. . . .

Buls (12.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and guard Taylor McGaughey (10.3 ppg) headline a talented junior class for Oakdale, which went 18-5 in its inaugural season.