Unfortunately not as many girls tournaments as boys around NOVA these days. Oakton has three days of games in a non-tournament format with the games already pre-determined. That get-together has some good match-ups with good teams like South Lakes and Loudoun County joining the Cougars. There’s also a smaller four-team tournament at Park View, and teams like Bishop Ireton, T.C. Williams, and Stonewall Jackson head down to Boo Williams to battle some excellent competition. Manassas Park hosts teams like Forest Park, John Paul the Great and Hylton at its tourney as well.
Around here the strongest field appears to be at Rebel Roundball. Not a one weak team in the entire field. Marshall and Edison are the favorites to make the final and have what could be their second of four possible matchups this year, but minefields are everywhere. Osbourn Park is a program on the rise and the winner of Flint Hill and returning champ Chantilly can upset Edison if they play smart. George Mason/Fairfax should be a fantastic opening game late between a frontcourt-oriented team and a backcourt-oriented one.
We’re going to try and get out to Rock Ridge as there’s a number of interesting teams competing at the home of the Phoenix. South County is the favorite on the bottom side of the bracket, although Heritage in the first game is no gimme. An extremely interesting first round game takes place between streaky Yorktown and talented Freedom-South Riding we’ll be keeping our eye on.
Finally, at Joe Cascio the host Jaguars are a strong threat to win their tournament this year. The Jaguars are much-improved and will be tough to beat–strong favorites in the bottom half of the bracket. Last year West Potomac stopped Potomac School in the Cascio Finals, and those two teams are back this year. Those two very good teams are the favorites to meet in the semis, but TPS must especially beware a dangerous Mount Vernon team in round one.