Final Rankings updated 3/22
1. Paul VI (31-4)–Were there doubts PVI could maintain its dominance post-Ashley Owusu? Absolutely. All doubts were pretty much erased weeks ago, if not months. That’s 14 straight VISAA titles and counting. Amazing. Makes us wish we had done something with our lives. Oh well.
2. Madison (28-1)–One loss all year and a share of a state title is a pretty good season. Underrated no longer, Tedi Makrigiorgos and a good senior class leave, but the Warhawks could be just as good next year.
3. O’Connell (24-7)–What a great season for the Knights. Beat PVI once, got WCAC Coach of the Year in Aggie McCormick-Dix, won Rebel Roundball (easily), and got 24 wins on the year. A great senior class goes, but those kids can be very proud of their accomplishments.
4. West Springfield (22-6)–We knew West Springfield was good, but we weren’t sure they were ready to be this good. Lexi White and McKenzie Matheny will both return, and their teammates very quietly clearly improved late in the year. A state title contender next year as well.
5. Edison (24-6)–It’s a shame the Eagles didn’t get a crack at Madison in the state title game. Eagles won 80% of their games and a great senior class registered some very memorable wins, including the last comeback win against Marshall at states.
6. Marshall (22-7)–What a year from Marshall. Really developed some great team depth as the year developed that will serve Mike Trivisonno’s team well next year. Almost everybody back, but senior Zoe Soule’s playoff performance will be hard to duplicate.
7. Loudoun Valley (23-1)–An amazing year ended for Valley in the state semis versus a very good Hampton team. Will lose a good deal of talent, though the program depth in Purcellville isn’t going anywhere.
8. South Lakes (21-5)–Loss to Marshall at regionals doesn’t diminish a fantastic season for the Seahawks. Great senior class leaves, but there’s some nice talent returning to supplement Brianna Scott. Nicole Forbes is a breakout candidate for 2020-2021.
9. Bishop Ireton (14-17)–Physical and athletic talent is clearly there, next year will be about taking better shots and establishing a more consistent offense. This is a young team that can be dominant in the future.
10. Oakton (18-7)–After a slow start and an injury to Hannah Kaloi the Cougars turned it around to finish impressively. Three wins over Chantilly is very impressive any way you slice it. Really a great year despite the loss to McLean at regionals.
11. Colgan (21-6)–Sustained a tough loss in the first round of states to Western Branch by a single point. Great season for the Sharks in outlasting several good teams for the district and then regional titles. Won’t be easy with Prince William continuing to get better, but should be another state contender next year.
12. McLean (17-10)–Didn’t have the firepower to upset Madison at regionals but got a great win over Oakton before that. Almost no public school played a harder schedule than McLean and the Highlanders responded with a great year. Glenn, Dufrane, five-person senior class obviously will be missed.
13. Chantilly (16-8)–Didn’t quite get it done this year but a friendly reminder that this roster had just one senior. Look out next season. All losses this year were to Top Ten Nova Nineteen teams with the exception of #12 McLean.
14. W.T. Woodson (18-7)–A very strong senior class that has been playing together for a long time graduates, and those girls should be very proud of the team’s accomplishments. A tie for first place in the Patriot District regular season and a 13-2 start highlighted the season.
15. West Potomac (19-7)–Played well in a loss to Edison at regionals. An underrated senior class goes but there’s some really nice talent back next year.
16. Osbourn Park (19-6)Really one of those teams that needs to hit a decent amount from outside to win the big ones–couldn’t really do that versus Colgan. Still playing though, has the talent to surprise some teams at states.
17. Episcopal (14-11)–Worn down by physical Ireton at VISAA, but still a pretty good year for the Maroon. Very good senior class (Sabol, Thompson, Gerow) graduates, but the sophomore Turnbull is a fantastic guard. If Cayla Williams can break out, Episcopal can be very good next year.
18. Stonewall Jackson (16-10)–A very good year for Stonewall, highlighted by a district tournament title and a win over Woodbridge at regionals. Should be solid next year despite losing Hannah Williams and a very good senior class, because Bonchu and Yusuf can play.
19. T.C. Williams (15-12)–Played a tough schedule and performed pretty well most of the season. Advanced two rounds at regionals and the future is very bright with the young backcourt of Harris/Hopkins conjuring memories of Palacio/Bates.
Also Receiving Votes
Herndon (12-11)–Lost some toughies, but still finished second in the Liberty.
Fairfax (13-10)–A fantastic freshman class means the future is bright for the Rebs.
Tuscarora (18-7)–The Middleton dynasty continues north of Leesburg.
Potomac Falls (19-5)–Upset loss at regionals doesn’t detract from fantastic season.
Langley (15-12)–Lots of young talent to offset the loss of the solid Mufti.
Forest Park (14-10)–Doesn’t have the depth yet, but program on the rise.
South County (14-11)–Still beat a ton of good teams despite loss at regionals.
Woodbridge (14-10)–Good follow-up year to state title, young talent clearly improved.
Woodgrove (18-8)–Got a great win at states before falling to juggernaut Princess Anne.
Briar Woods (15-11)–Tough team which battled all the way to the Class 5 state quarters.