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Prep Girls Basketball Capsules
Coach: Rick Butler
Last year: 7–15 overall, 5–11 in district
Top returners: Sr. F Shannon Allison; Sr. G Ashlee Lowe; Jr. F Rachael Payne; Jr. G Valerie Poole.
Top newcomers: Fr. C Alyssa Andreno; So. G Dolores Sims.
Outlook: The Black–Hawks have three freshmen and two sophomores joining Allison and Payne—last year’s leading rebounders—and Poole—last year’s second-leading scorer.
Coach: Michelle Darley
Last year: 23–3 overall, 16–0 in district, district champions
Top returners: Jr. C Jahla Osborne; Jr. SG Kenya Holland; So. G Nichole Collins; So. F. Zhane Barnes; So. Bri Sullivan.
Top newcomers: Sr. Kara Campbell; Fr. PG Nia Washington; Fr. F Taylor Deskins.
Outlook: The Eagles graduated four starters—including three seniors—who won back-to-back regular-season district titles. They’ve still got a good inside player in Osborne and a great shooter in Holland to build around. Collins, Barnes and Sullivan all saw lots of playing time last year, too, and will help.
Coach: Adam Brown
Last year: 12–13 overall, 9–7 in district
Top returners: Sr. Patrice Hounshell; Sr. Brianne Comden.
Top newcomers: Victoria Washington; Cierra Wormley; Kayla Chumley; Alexis Willis.
Outlook: The Panthers have just two seniors but Brown thinks they’ve got a talented batch of underclassmen who can contribute. Comden averaged 12.1 points per game last year.
Coach: Ben Sargent
Last year: 19–7 overall, 13–3 in district
Top returners: Sr. Chelsea Keyser, Sr. Taylor Fernow, Sr. Bianca Dittmann, Sr. Winterlyn Patterson; So. Alexis Davis; Jr. Jasmin Nguyen; Jr. Jessie Dixon.
Top newcomers: So. Erica McCarter; So. Michelle Staggers; Fr. Mariah Aldridge.
Outlook: Defense will again be the key for Mountain View, which has been among the district contenders the last few years. Keyser led the team in scoring last year.
Coach: Patricia Oliver
Last year: 9–10 overall, 8–7 in district
Top returners: Sr. PG Caitlin Hite; Sr. G Brianna Dotson; Jr. G China Allen–Window; Sr. F Christine Jackson.
Top newcomers: Sr. F Delores Terry; Jr. G Sam Barbarbczuk; So. G Onyx Jenkins.
Outlook: The Wolverines are young and graduated their leading scorer from last year, but Oliver said the teamwork and commitment have been good during the preseason.
Coach: David Rabe
Last year: Ninth in district
Top returners: Sr. Ashanti Demas; Jr. Ashleigh Williams; Jr. Nicole Shipley; Jr. Ayanna Braxton; So. Rebecca Harvey; So. Markinanna Smith; So. Jada Davis.
Top newcomers: Sr. Aysha Richardson; Fr. Kiani Hudgens; So. Elisha Richardson.
Outlook: The Hornets are still young but many of these girls gained experience last year; they’ll be looking to make some noise in their last Commonwealth District season.
Coach: Scott Thomas
Last year: 7–14 overall, 6–10 in district
Top returners: Jr. G Candice Beverly.
Top newcomers: Fr. G Aryiana Young.
Outlook: Beverly was an honorable-mention all-district pick last year.
Coach: Carl Harris
Last year: 15–11 overall, 11–5 in district
Top returners: Jr. Kendall Parker; Sr. Erin Reiley; Jr. India Kithcart.
Top newcomers: Fr. Grace Epps.
Outlook: The Indians are rebuilding with a young team—they’ve got just one senior, and three freshmen will see playing time.
Coach: Tim Marshall
Last year: 11–7 overall, fourth district
Top returners: Sr. Shannon Mosby; So. Jazmine Moore; Jr. Nikia Robinson; Jr. Bo Hayes; Jr. Marquita Tillman; Sr. Morgan Woody; Sr. Andrea Gray; So. Deandra Spurlock.
Top newcomers: Fr. Hope Toliver; Fr. Jayla McNeil; Jr. Alexis Logan.
Outlook: The Cavaliers have a mix of experienced and younger players, and Marshall thinks they can be in the top four of the district. Mosby is a good scorer, and Toliver is a talented 5–11 freshman.
Coach: William Griffin
Last year: 12–13 overall, 7–7 in district
Top returners: Jr. G Emily Green; So. G Jayla Harris; So. C Sydney Jackson.
Top newcomers: Sr. G Taylor Hedrick; Jr. G Alana Stokes.
Outlook: The Chargers return all five starters and could be poised to make a run in the Battlefield District and the Region I tournament.
Coach: J.T. Nino
Last year: 30–1 overall, 14–0 in district, advanced to Group AA, Division 4 state championship game
Top returners: Sr. F Janae McNeal; Sr. F Jessica Hairston; Imani Fennell; Arianna Bradley.
Top newcomers: Fr. Kayla Demps; Jr. Melody Buckley; Sr. McKenzie Stokes; Sr. McKayla Stokes.
Outlook: Four of five starters return from last year’s state runner-up team. The one loss was Anika Trent, who provided good defense and rebounding for the Cougars. She’ll have to be replaced for Courtland to replicate its success this winter.
Coach: Katie Shaw
Last year: 5–14 overall, 2–12 in district
Top returners: G Caroline Shrewsbury; G/F Colby Mocarski; F Alesha White; F Ericka Arzola.
Top newcomers: G Selia Escalada; G Keynanna Monroe; G Katie Gorby.
Outlook: The Blue Devils have just two seniors, but there is still a lot of experience on the roster. Escalada is an exchange student from Spain who will contribute right away.
Coach: Mike McCombs
Last year: 20–7 overall, 11–3 in district
Top returners: Sr. F Taylor Shanks; Sr. G Ciara Jackson; Sr. PG Shirlena Bowles; Sr. G Sierra Mills; Jr. G Dominique Scott.
Outlook: The Cyclones return Shanks—one of the district’s best players—for one final season. They’ve got five other seniors and could be the team most likely to push district favorite Courtland.
Coach: Julian Bumbrey
Last year: 21–8 overall, advanced to state quarterfinals.
Top returners: Jr. PG Danielle Bumbrey; Jr. G Brittany Williams; Jr. F Cara Lambert; Sr. G Lyric Swain; Sr. F Ta’Nesha Frye.
Top newcomers: Fr. Monica Dit; So. G Jazmyn Moore; Sr. G De’Asia Turner; So. F Darion Holmes; Jr. G Ashley Cronin.
Outlook: It’s one of the youngest teams James Monroe has had in a while, with just one starter and one part-time starter returning.
Coach: Jeff Butler
Last year: 3–17 overall, 3–11 in district.
Top returners: Sr. G Carley Armentrout; Sr. C Kimi Howell; So. G/F Jada Saxon; So. G Kanysha Reynolds.
Top newcomers: Jr. F/C Kristin Vann; So. G Elissa Davis; Fr. G/F Champagne Davis; Fr. F/C Megan Montague.
Outlook: The Foxes are young again and are hoping to improve on last year’s record.
Coach: Warren Tyler
Last year: 3–19 overall, 2–12 in district
Top returners: So. Kortni Simmons; Sr. Bria Carter.
Top newcomers: So. Caroline Sorrell.
Outlook: Carter is one of the area’s best players, but she missed all of last year because of a knee injury. She and Simmons give the Knights a formidable one–two punch.
Coach: Keith Dickerson
Last year: 15–9 overall, 6–4 in Northern Neck District
Top returners: Sr. G Caneishia Fulcher; Sr. F Karley Inscoe.
Top newcomers: Fr. Deniya Newman; Fr. Megan Seaman.
Outlook: It’s a young group, but Fulcher and Inscoe give the Drifters two good starters to build around—they both were double-digit scorers last season.
Coach: Mark Morgan
Last year: 8–9 overall, 5–7 in ODACS
Top returners: Jr. AshLynn Morgan; Sr. Brook Morgan; So. Saxston Seubert.
Top newcomers: Fr. Emily Conroe.
Outlook: Morgan thinks the Conquerors are strong enough to contend for the ODACS title. AshLynn Morgan was the team’s top scorer last year, and Conroe looks like she’ll be a strong addition.
Coach: Jeff Eckerson
Last year: 16–6 overall, 10–0 in DAC
Top returners: Sr. G Simone Roberts; Sr. F Emma Vance; Jr. G Sara Eadie; Jr. G Sabrina Combs; Jr. G Rachael Hoffman; Jr. F Kelsey Gedin; Fr. F Carolyn Topps.
Top newcomers: 8th G Juliet Whitman; Jr. F Jenna LeMay; Sr. G Kelsey Williams.
Outlook: The Falcons graduated leading scorer Courtney Hoffman, but there’s a whole bunch of returners—led by all-conference performers Roberts and Topps—ready to step in and defend FA’s DAC title.
Coach: Claude Tyler
Top returners: Sr. PG Brianna Clarkson; Sr. F Brittany Burton; Jr. P Dominique Lavender; Jr. G Olivia Krackenfells.
Top newcomers: Fr. F Marnie Streeter.
Outlook: Tyler is new to FCS but certainly not new to the Fredericksburg-area high school basketball scene. He’s been a very successful coach at Riverbend and Spotsylvania and he has a veteran group to work with this winter.
Coach: Jared Soles
Last year: 11–11 overall, 3–7 in Jefferson District
Top returners: Sr. C Maddie Morales; Jr. F Ashley Talley; So. G Breon Washington.
Top newcomers: So. F Rebecca Brookman.
Outlook: Soles has a very, very young team this winter. They’ll be building experience as the season goes.
WASHINGTON & LEE
Coach: Kelsey Farmer
Top returners: Sr. Jaid White.
Top newcomers: Fr. Y’Shina Johnson; So. Armani Ball; So. Amy Saunders; So. Teondra Brooks.
Outlook: With a new coach and four new starters, the Eagles will have a brand-new look this year. Farmer has been excited about the enthusiasm the team has showed so far.