1. St. John’s (32-2) Final ranking of last year: 1
The Cadets return four starters, including Fudd, as they’ll aim to defend their WCAC and DCSAA championships.
2. McNamara (21-7) LR: 5
The Mustangs could be a top WCAC team with stars Jakia Brown-Turner and Aliyah Matharu returning.
3. Paul VI (30-4) LR: 2
Last year’s leading scorer, Ashley Owusu, will return for the Panthers’ WCAC title pursuit.
4. Georgetown Visitation (27-5) LR: 7
The Cubs’ top forwards, Ellie Mitchell and Taylor Webster, return for another Independent School League run.
5. Riverdale Baptist (22-5) LR: 3
While the Crusaders battled injuries last season, they fell to just one local opponent.
6. Eleanor Roosevelt (25-3) LR: 6
Makayla Adams and Taylor McCormick will try to help the Raiders defend their Maryland 4A championship.
7. Edison (23-6) LR: 11
Virginia commit Carole Miller headlines the Eagles’ roster as they aim to return to the Virginia Class 5 title game.
8. Rock Creek Christian (27-8) LR: 8
Coach Malik Waleed’s squad will look to replace Taleah “Noo” Washington and Carrie Gross’s production.
9. Freedom-South Riding (27-4) LR: 16
With all their starters returning, the Eagles could again be Loudoun County’s top team.
10. Poolesville (27-0) LR: 4
The Falcons lost four starters from last season’s undefeated team, which won the Maryland 2A championship.
11. Long Reach (22-3) LR: 12
Last season’s All-Met Coach of the Year, Kelli Cofield, could prove the Lightning’s breakout campaign wasn’t a fluke.
12. T.C. Williams (22-6) LR: 14
Guard Trinity Palacio returns as the Titans hope to jump out to another fast start.
13. National Christian (25-8) LR: 9
Guard Promise Cunningham is the top candidate to replace the production of last year’s leading scorer, Zenzele Aspemaka-Vital.
14. Oxon Hill (23-2) LR: 18
The Clippers bring back all their starters as one of Prince George’s County’s top teams.
15. Woodbridge (23-5) LR: 13
Leading scorer Aaliyah Pitts flashed her potential last year and could take the next step this season.
16. North Point (22-5) LR: 15
Guard Latavia Jackson returns for her senior season, but Synia Johnson transferred to Riverdale Baptist.
17. Loudoun Valley (23-5) LR: not ranked
After an impressive junior season, forward Haley Pasqualone returns as one of the top players in Loudoun County.
18. Bishop Ireton (23-10) LR: NR
Boston College commit Akunna Konkwo should be a force in the WCAC.
19. Gwynn Park (20-5) LR: NR
Guard Denai Bowman will command the Yellowjackets’ offense for another season.
20. Howard (22-2) LR: 17
The Lions will likely again be one of Howard County’s top teams.
On the bubble: Marshall (26-4), Clarksburg (17-6), New Hope (14-15), Richard Montgomery (23-2)