(March 7, 2014) – For the fourth straight season the Loudoun County High School girls basketball team has advanced to the VHSL state tournament with the Raiders (23-5) taking on Lake Taylor on Saturday at ODU at 1:45 p.m.
Loudoun County Raiders Girls Basketball (Leesburg, Va.)
Head coach: Derek Fisher
Assistant coach: Matt Prince
2013-14 Titles: Dulles District regular season and Conference 21 tournament
Captain Phillips: 4-year starter Maggie Phillips has been a mainstay on both the basketball and volleyball teams, helping the Raiders to 8 state tournaments in 8 tries in the two sports and winning 3 state titles in volleyball. Of course, “Captain” Phillips is attending the Naval Academy in the fall … naturally!
Quick Senior Night: Phillips and Katerina “Kat” Kushner are the only two seniors on the Raiders roster that features four juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen.
Experience Counts: Despite the lack of seniors. the Raiders have 12 players returning from last year’s state semifinal team and six players with at least three years of varsity service.
Low Point: On Jan. 8 the Raiders lost 44-41 to Leesburg rival making it three losses in 10 days including a 87-41 loss to Division 6 power Oakton and a 41-34 loss to Dulles District rival Woodgrove. Sitting at 7-4 on the season, the Raiders were back at it a nighnight later, surviving an upset bid by 2nd-year school John Champe, 53-51.
Sweet 16: The Champe win kicked off a 16-game winning streak for the Raiders that lasted two months, ending on Saturday in a 64-53 loss at William Fleming in Roanoke in the 4A North finals.
ODU Feels Like Home: The Raiders went on the road last year to ODU and knocked off Grafton, 53-48, in the state quarterfinals.
Fisher Reels in Victories: In the four years since taking over for Kevin Reed — who led the Raiders to a state title and 156 wins in 8 seasons — Derek Fisher has compiled a 94-25 record for a smooth .790 winning percentage.
3 Katherine Van Nuys FORWARD SO (2nd year varsity)
4 Emily Miller GUARD FR
5 Gabrielle Gillis GUARD JR (3rd year varsity)
10 Madison Szoka GUARD SO (2nd year varsity)
11 Alyssa Paige GUARD SO (2nd year varsity)
12 Madison Bowers GUARD SO (2nd year varsity)
15 Allison Sarver GUARD SO (2nd year varsity)
20 Hannah Brenneman FORWARD JR (3rd year varsity)
21 Chloe Knox FORWARD JR (3rd year varsity)
22 Tayler Tibbits FORWARD JR (3rd year varsity)
24 Taylor Green FORWARD FR
30 Michaela Nameth CENTER FR
32 Margaret Phillips CENTER SR (4th year varsity)
33 Katerina Kushner FORWARD SR (4th year varsity)
34 Elisabeth Gianelos CENTER SO (2nd year varsity)
Raiders Game by Game 2013-14
2/21/2014 (A) Millbrook Won 66 – 48 (Conference 21 finals)
(H) Courtland Won 62 – 30 (4A North quarterfinals)
(A) Charlottesville Won 65 – 40 (4A North semifinals)
2/28/2014 (A) William Fleming Lost 53 – 64 (4A North finals)
(N) Lake Taylor at Old Dominion University