Senior Megan Sterling, right, will run the offense for River Hill this season. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

Top teams

Glenelg (24-2), Reservoir (13-8), River Hill (22-5)

Top players

G Emily Russo, Glenelg, 5-6, Sr.

F Zelor Massaquoi, Reservoir, 5-6, Jr.

B.J. Koubaroulis and Brandon Parker preview some of the top players and programs in the DMV area to watch this basketball season. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

G Megan Sterling, River Hill, 5-7, Sr.

F Karigan Awkard, Oakland Mills, 5-10, Jr.


Glenelg ripped off winning streaks of nine and 15 games last season en route to a 24-2 record, and the Gladiators will be back this year with both of their top scorers. Emily Russo, a guard who’s committed to UMBC, averaged just over 16 points per game last season while her back-court teammate Samantha Heisig averaged a little more than 12 points per game. Heisig, an all-county player last season, is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is expected back in January. . . . Transfers Karigan Awkard and Treaonna Thomas will start this season for Oakland Mills. Karigan, a wing player with shooting range, arrives from Seton Keough while Thomas will get her first shot with the Scorpions after transferring a year ago but missing last season with an ACL injury. . . . Megan Sterling will run the offense for River Hill this season. The senior averaged 10 points and 2.5 assists per game last year for the Hawks, who fell in the county championship to Glenelg.