Washington Post’s Final Top 20 Girls and Boy’s Basketball Rankings

As basketball season comes to a close in the DMV the Washington Post recently released their top 20 rankings for Girl’s and Boys’ Basketball in the area.

Boys Basketball

1. Sidwell Friends (27-4) Last ranked: 1

The Quakers set themselves apart this winter by winning an outright Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference title and a D.C. state title.

2. St. John’s (32-4) LR: 2

The WCAC champions fell to DeMatha in overtime in the Alhambra semifinals.

3. Paul VI (32-3) LR: 3

The Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association champions and WCAC finalists will partake in the prestigious Geico Nationals tournament at the end of the month.

4. Hayfield (30-1) LR: 4

The Hawks successfully defended last year’s Virginia state title, defeating Patriot on Saturday in the Class 6 final.

5. Patriot (27-4) LR: 6

The Pioneers’ impressive season ended one win short of a state title.

6. Bishop McNamara (27-9) LR: 8

The Mustangs fell to DeMatha in the Alhambra championship.

7. Gonzaga (26-11) LR: 7

The Eagles lost to Bishop McNamara in the Alhambra semifinals.

8. Bullis (26-5) LR: 6

The IAC champions were bounced from the Alhambra bracket by Bishop McNamara.

9. Jackson-Reed (28-8) LR: 9

The Tigers reached the D.C. State Athletic Association final for a second straight year.

10. Mount Zion Prep (27-11) LR: 15

The Warriors earned a gritty win over Shabach Christian in Monday’s Maryland Private Schools Tournament championship.

11. Shabach Christian (31-7) LR: 10

The Eagles fell to Mt. Zion Prep in the Maryland Private School Tournament championship.

12. Largo (21-7) LR: 12

The Lions were defeated by New Town in the Maryland 2A championship.

13. Riverdale Baptist (27-4) LR: 11

The Crusaders had a strong season, winning the Metro Independent School Athletic League title for a second straight season.

14. DeMatha (22-12) LR: 18

The Stags ended their season on a high note, beating McNamara in the Alhambra Invitational championship.

15. St. Andrew’s (24-7) LR: 13

The Lions finished in second place behind Sidwell Friends in the MAC regular season standings and tournament.

16. Bard (24-7) LR: 14

It was a dream season for the Falcons, who won the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association and DCSAA A tournaments.

17. Damascus (25-3) LR: 16

After knock off undefeated Frederick in the state semifinals, the Hornets fell to City in the Maryland 3A title game.

18. Meade (24-4) LR: 19

The Mustangs lost to Parkville in Saturday’s Maryland 4A title game.

19. South Lakes (24-4) LR: 17

The Seahawks fell to Hayfield in the Virginia Class 6 semifinals.

20. Gaithersburg (19-7) LR: NR

The Trojans reached the Maryland 4A semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Parkville.

Girls Basketball

1. Sidwell Friends (28-3) Last ranked: 1

Behind an uber-talented roster led by Duke commit Jadyn Donovan the Quakers were again D.C. champions and one of the best teams in the country.

2. St. John’s (26-7) LR: 2

The Cadets pushed through midseason injury woes to repeat as Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champions.

3. Georgetown Visitation (24-6) LR: 3

Princeton commit Fadima Tall led a strong Cubs season that included an upset of Sidwell for the Independent School League title.

4. Howard (26-1) LR: 7

The Lions defeated Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, 64-52, for the Maryland 3A state title, their first since 1994.

5. Paul VI (23-10) LR: 4

The Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I champs were one of the most feared local teams for much of the season.

6. Bishop McNamara (21-6) LR: 5

Behind WCAC player of the year Madisen McDaniel, the Mustangs won the conference’s regular season title.

7. Madison (25-4) LR: 17

Thanks to a game-winning and-one in overtime from junior Stella Gougoufkas, the Warhawks four-peated as Virginia Class 6 state champions.

8. Glen Burnie (23-2) LR: 10

With a fourth quarter push, the Gophers edged Churchill to win the Maryland 4A state championship.

9. Shabach Christian (22-9) LR: 6

Florida commit Laila Reynolds helped put the first-year program on the map.

10. St. Mary’s (Annapolis) (27-0) LR: 8

The Saints completed their undefeated season with their first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B conference championship in a decade.

11. Virginia Academy (25-8) LR: 9

The Patriots enjoyed a breakout season and captured the VISAA Division II title.

12. Churchill (24-4) LR: 16

The Bulldogs fell just short in the Maryland 4A title game.

13. Robinson (26-4) LR: 11

The Rams lost to Madison in the state semifinals.

14. Osbourn Park (23-5) LR: 12

The Yellow Jackets were the top Northern Virginia public school team for most of the year but couldn’t get past state finalist Manchester in the quarterfinals.

15. Bullis (19-10) LR: 13

Bullis emerged as a contender around midseason, with its signature win coming in January over Georgetown Visitation.

16. Mount Zion Prep (21-11) LR: 14

The Warriors got a big boost from sophomore J’niya Weaver in the program’s first season.

17. Tuscarora (26-3) LR: 15

The best season in school history ended with a one-point loss in the state semifinals.

18. C.H. Flowers (20-4) LR: 18

The Jaguars came up short against Western in the state quarterfinals.

19. Maret (19-11) LR: 19

The Frogs were, yet again, one of the top teams in the increasingly competitive Independent School League.

20. Lackey (24-4) LR: Not ranked

The Chargers bested previously unbeaten Kent Island in the Maryland 2A title game.

Photo: Howard players raise the Maryland Class 3A trophy after beating Poly on Friday. (Julia Nikhinson/For The Washington Post)

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