Northwest returns seven seniors after winning 20 games last season, but also has talented junior Kendra Meredith (2). (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Top teams

Gaithersburg (27-0), Whitman (14-10), Northwest (20-5)

Top players

F Janessa Fauntroy, Gaithersburg, 6-0, Jr.

F Jasmin Dancy, Springbrook, 5-11, Sr.

Gaithersburg will rely on Janessa Fauntroy (30) after losing its top two scorers. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

G Kendra Meredith, Northwest, 5-4, Jr.

G Kiara Colston, Paint Branch, 5-7, Jr.;

Skinny: While two-time defending state champion Gaithersburg must replace its top two scorers in Colleen Marshall and Jackie Jackson, who both averaged about 17 points per game for last season’s 27-0 team, the Trojans are reloaded on the perimeter with junior forward Janessa Fauntroy (8 ppg) and guard Deja Rollins (5.3 ppg). . . . Whitman graduated six players, including its top four scorers from last season, but return a veteran core of five seniors that should make the Vikings one of the most experienced teams in Montgomery County this winter. . . . Northwest’s depth is considerable, given that the Jaguars return seven seniors after winning 20 games last season…Springbrook lost over half of its scoring production from last season’s 18-8 team and will rely heavily on senior forward Jasmin Dancy (13 ppg) . . . Paint Branch Coach Rochelle Coleman returns perhaps the best guard tandem in the county in juniors Kiara Colston (13.9 ppg) and Jasmine White (5.7 ppg).

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