Mount Vernon’s Taylor Dunham, right, is back this season. The Navy recruit leads a team that went 25-2 last season. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

Top teams

Mount Vernon (25-2), Edison (16-8), Yorktown (12-14)

Top players

F Emma Cooper, Washington-Lee, 5-11, Sr.

G Taylor Dunham, Mount Vernon, 5-6, Sr.

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-F Kelly Loftus, Mount Vernon 5-10, Sr.

F Sheila Sherrill, Edison, 6-0, Sr.

G-F Tiffany Webster, Mount Vernon, 5-8, Sr.


Two-time defending district champion Mount Vernon’s only losses last season were to eventual state champion Oakton, by 30 and 24 points, the latter result in the region semifinals. The Majors return four double-figure scorers — Dunham (Navy), Loftus (Hofstra), Webster (Barton) and junior F Samantha Porter — and expect three freshmen to get minutes. . . . In the eight-school district, Mount Vernon and Edison were the only teams to finish with winning records last season. . . . Former Wakefield Coach DeVaughn Drayton takes over at Yorktown, where he has been an assistant the past three years. Mikayla Venson, the co-district player of the year as a freshman who sat out much of last season because of concussion symptoms, is still attending Yorktown and is cleared to play but is not participating in high school basketball, Drayton said in an e-mail. . . . Washington-Lee could finish in the upper tier with Cooper and G Tatianna Torres, both first-team all-district selections a year ago. . . . Hayfield sophomore G Raven Lott scored 25 points in a win over Stafford last week; Wakefield’s Olivia Baines scored 19 points in a win over South County. . . . Stuart has gone winless the past two-plus seasons.

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