Loudoun County, Va. — As high school basketball gets underway in Loudoun County, a few local teams have already started to stand out among the crowd. In a two-district county, we wanted a way to put things into perspective. Enter: the LoCo Top 5.
Of course, if you’re into hard numbers the full Potomac District and Dulles District standings are available here.
1. Loudoun Valley (2-0, 9-1)
The Vikings suffered a heartbreaking defeat to the Conway High School Tigers in Myrtle Beach, but have come back strong with two 30-point plus victories and a tough win against out-of-conference rival John Handley High School on January 6. The Vikings are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the teams in the Dulles District, as they are only one of two teams with a winning record in the conference.
2. Freedom (6-0, 10-2)
The Eagles have impressed with wins over Potomac Falls, John Champe and Stone Bridge which were all ranked in the first edition of the LoCo Top 5. Freedom has shown that while it has a star player in senior guard Zyan Collins, there are multiple weapons on the team that can contribute on any given night. Head coach Justin Powers has the Eagles rolling on all cylinders as they remain perfect in Potomac District play.
3. Potomac Falls (2-2, 8-3)
Potomac Falls almost racked up an impressive win against district foe Freedom on January 3, but faltered to a late comeback by the Eagles. However, the Panthers got back to business with an 11-point win against the pesky Stone Bridge Bulldogs on January 5. Look for the Panthers to handle business in the Potomac District until their showdown with the Freedom Eagles on January 26.
4. Stone Bridge (3-2, 4-6)
Stone Bridge enters the new year with a losing record; however, the Bulldogs are still a dangerous team that could go on a roll in January and February. The trio of Evan Buckley, Ben Kling and James DiLuigi can have success against even the most staunch defenses on any given night with a barrage of three-point makes. The Bulldogs have to be a little disappointed with their record at this point, but their early play in the conference suggests that they could still come out victorious in the Potomac District.
5. Broad Run (4-1, 4-7)
The Spartans did not look like they were going to be competitive early on the season after suffering some defeats by a large margin; however, the Spartans have been rolling in conference play recently, racking up wins against Rock Ridge, Tuscarora and John Champe. Broad Run is a sneaky team that has the potential to upset Freedom and Potomac Falls in Potomac District matchups.