The DC, Maryland, and Virginia area is fill with great basketball teams that continue to get national attention. DeMatha is a top ten basketball team in the country. Then you got schools like St. John’s, Paul VI, and Gonzaga. On the girl’s side, Riverdale Baptist, National Christian Academy, and Paul VI are taking the nation by storm. Here is what they have done so far this season.
Paul VI have won back to back WCAC championships and the way they are playing, the Panthers may win another. They are 8-1 in conference play and 18-1 overall which is good for No. 4 in the country according to USA Today. Paul VI only loss came against Good Counsel. In their last game against St. John’s, the Panthers won 77-68 to extend their win streak to four games.
One of Paul VI top players is sophomore Amira Collins. She is listed as a four-star on ESPN.com and leads the team in scoring. She is averaging 13.7 points per game. Collins scored a season high of 25 points when her team played Archbishop Carroll. Sophomore guard Kate Klimkiewicz is also having a solid year. Kate is averaging 11.7 points per game. She leads is the team in free throw percentage, and three-pointers made.
National Christian Academy is rank as the No. 10 girl’s basketball program in the nation. They have an outstanding 20-0 record. National Christian is coming off a 58-46 victory over Immaculate Conception. They are led by junior guard Mykea Gray who is averaging 17.8 points, 4.8 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game. National Christian next game is against Holy Cross.
Then there’s Riverdale Baptist who is rank as the No.2 team according to USA Today and MaxPreps. The team has a 22-1 record and is on a six game winning streak. Maryland signee Kaila Charles has been the team’s top performer. She is averaging 20.1 points per game and recorded eight double-doubles. Other players like Morgan Smith, Mangela Ngandjui, and Teyjah Oliver have help Riverdale Baptist get to where they are now.
Ryan McFadden is a freshman at Iona College and alumni from DeMatha Catholic High School. He is a sports writer for the Ionian and founder of Inside The Locker Room. Follow him on Twitter @RMcFadden15.
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*All stats are from the Washington Post