The No. 1 Riverdale Baptist girls’ basketball team will play in the National High School Invitational this weekend at Georgetown Prep without Coach Diane Richardson and star senior forward Jonquel Jones. They will be in Denver participating in the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association High School All-America Game.
Richardson, one of nine WBCA district coach of the year honorees, will assist with the White team that includes the 6-foot-2 Jones, a Clemson signee who has helped lead the Crusaders to a 36-2 record and fourth consecutive season-ending No. 1 ranking in the Washington area. Richardson was one of the four top vote-getters for WBCA national coach of the year.
Top-seeded Riverdale opens NHSI play at 3:30 p.m. Friday against Florida 6A champion Edgewater, which also will be missing a key player, Baylor signee Alexis Prince, who like Jones was chosen for the WBCA game.
In the second semifinal, No. 2 H.D. Woodson faces Florida 8A champion Dr. Phillips at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The Orlando team features sophomore Taryn Griffey, the daughter of former baseball star Ken Griffey Jr.