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)

Top teams

Covenant Life, Washington Waldorf, Jewish Day

Top players

C Estee Rebibo, Hebrew Academy, 5-7, Sr.

F Reyna Cohen, Hebrew Academy, 5-7, Sr.

G Abby Ferrer, Oakcrest, 5-8, Sr.

G Ashley Kulesza, Washington Waldorf, 6-0, Jr.


Covenant Life won all three league tournament games by at least 33 points last season, the Cougars’ third crown in a row. Jewish Day was the runner-up. . . . Hebrew Academy has a mixture of experienced older players and inexperienced younger players. . . . Sandy Spring Friends last year advanced to the league semifinals. The Wildebeests have a lot of guards but no true point guard. Senior forward Sarah Rose was a captain on the volleyball team that won the PVAC title this fall. . . . Grace Brethren-Clinton had left the league but has rejoined. . . . Jewish Day-Hebrew Academy might be the league’s best rivalry. . . . McLean School has four freshmen to mesh with senior guards Michelle Sandler and Eliana Miller-Cohen. . . . Oakcrest’s Ferrer was an all-PVAC choice last year, as was Washington Waldorf’s Kulesza.