Loudoun County, Va. — As high school girls 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, check out the full Potomac District and Dulles District standings.
1. Freedom (4-0, 11-0) —
No surprise that Freedom debuts at No. 1 in the LoCo Top 5 for 2018-2019; it’s exactly where they finished their 2017-2018 campaign. The Eagles’ defense is athletic, quick and flat out daunting – and held Briar Woods to just 15 points on December 11. Offensively, they have all the pieces they need to make a run at a state championship. Led by senior guard Jaelyn Batts, Freedom has already put up impressive wins over Millbrook, Potomac Falls and Tuscarora.
2. Loudoun Valley (3-0, 7-1) —
Similar to Freedom, Loudoun Valley is excellent at pressuring the basketball. Senior guards Olivia Badura and Haley Pasqualone pair nicely with junior forward Megan Stevenson in both the full court and half court defense. In a win over rival Woodgrove on January 4, the Vikings forced 30 turnovers and held the Wolverines to just 33 points. The Dulles District season is still young but look for Loudoun Valley to pull away as the season continues.
3. Tuscarora (3-1, 9-2) —
Tuscarora is the only team in Loudoun that has given No. 1 Freedom the slightest difficulty, though Freedom was without Batts in that match up. But even so, junior guard Isabellah Middleton provides the Huskies with a multi-dimensional scoring weapon. On any given night, Tuscarora can get additional offensive production from sophomore guard Alyssa Cabassa, senior guard Rosi Santos and sophomore forward Claire Troiano.
4. Potomac Falls (3-1, 10-2) —
Potomac Falls’ only two losses have come at the hands of No. 2 Loudoun Valley and No. 1 Freedom. The Panthers are averaging 46 points a night while allowing just 34 to opponents. They took care of non-district Dominion, Heritage, Park View, Woodgrove and Westfield without much trouble and have double-digit wins against three Potomac District foes as well. The Panthers’ first real district test comes in the form of Briar Woods on January 8.
5. Briar Woods (3-1, 6-5) —
Offensively, Briar Woods is one of the top teams in Loudoun County. Junior guards Camryn Adkins and Marissa Almonte, junior forward Hannah Crawford, senior guard Sara Duffie and sophomore forward Grace Nathan all have the potential to put up big offensive numbers night in and night out. They’re also the only team to hold No. 1 Freedom to less than 50 points in a game this season. The Falcons have an uphill battle if they want to compete at the top of the Potomac District, but they can certainly hang with the best teams in Loudoun on any given night.