Loudoun County, Va. — As the high school girls basketball season heats up in Loudoun County, a few local teams have started to stand out from the crowd, while several others are potential contenders. Each week, Varun Shankar and I will be alternating releasing our girls and boys basketball rankings. In a three-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 Cedar Run District, Potomac District, and Dulles District standings.
1. Loudoun Valley (1-0, 4-0) —
Loudoun Valley didn’t play over winter break, however, the Vikings are still in the driver’s seat of the Dulles District.
2. Tuscarora (1-0, 4-2) —
Tuscarora didn’t play over winter break, however, the Huskies are still one of the teams to beat in Loudoun County.
3. Potomac Falls (1-0, 6-3) —
After a two-week break, Potomac Falls was back in action on January 3 when they traveled to Sterling-foe Park View. The Panthers’ defense – which is allowing just 36.67 points per game this winter – continued its dominance, holding the Patriots to just 18 points.
4. Woodgrove (1-0, 5-3) —
In the first game of its winter break tournament, Woodgrove fell too West Potomac, 60-48, on December 26. The Wolverines, however, bounced back with a 73-44 win over Thomas Jefferson just 24 hours later. Woodgrove is the second highest scoring team in Loudoun this winter, averaging more than 56 points per game, and the Wolverines asserted their offensive will in a 64-28 win over Park View on December 28.
5. Briar Woods (1-0, 7-2) —
Even without junior forward Grace Nathan, Briar Woods was able to come from behind to defeat R.E. Lee in the Falcons’ first game of 2020. Meticulous senior point guard Marissa Almonte scored 18 points in the comeback victory and provides Briar Woods with the energy that makes them go. The Falcons capped off their mini tournament with a win over Loudoun County on January 4. Do not be surprised if Briar Woods climbs up this list throughout district play.
On the bubble: Broad Run (0-2, 3-4)