B.J. Koubaroulis, Chelsea Janes and Roman Stubbs preview teams and players to watch in Maryland basketball. (Nicki Demarco/The Washington Post)

Top teams

Gwynn Park (21-4), Douglass (12-10), Crossland (13-8)

Top players

G Janee Harris, Crossland, 5-6, Sr.

G Martasia Brown, Forestville, 5-11, Sr.

B.J. Koubaroulis, Brandon Parker and Roman Stubbs preview teams and players to watch in private school basketball. (Nicki Demarco/The Washington Post)

G Takayla Ellis, Gwynn Park, 5-6, Sr.


The question in Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A girls’ basketball is the same as it usually is: can anyone unseat Gwynn Park? The Yellow Jackets have carved out an annual place atop the county and hope this is the year they finally get by Calvert at the state level: the Cavaliers have knocked the Yellow Jackets out of the Maryland 2A South playoffs for three straight seasons. Gwynn Park lost Genesis Lucas and her 17 points per game to graduation, but retain Takayla Ellis (13.6 ppg) to pick up the slack. They’ve also added Ashanti Freeland, a 6-3 post presence, who transferred back to Gwynn Park from Riverdale Baptist. . . . Crossland could prove to be Gwynn Park’s peskiest challenger, as the Cavaliers return their top three scorers including guard Janee Harris, the second-leading scorer in PG 3A/2A/1A last season with an average of 20 points per game. . . . Douglass is hoping senior Brandi Harrison can emerge as a full-fledged star to help carry the Eagles this season. Harrison, who averaged 9.3 points per game last year, leads a strong corps of returners for Douglass, which had the talent to advance much further than the first round of the playoffs last year, but struggled in its opener and made a surprisingly early exit from the Maryland 2A South postseason.

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