Mya Moye looked up at the scoreboard midway through the third quarter of Wednesday’s D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game against Dunbar and a red “30” flashed on the screen. She had already scored 30 points with more than 12 minutes remaining in the game.
“I can get 50,” Moye thought to herself. “Why not?”
With about a minute left in the game Wednesday night, Ayinde Hikim flapped his arms and looked around Howard’s Burr Gymnasium.
The Wilson senior guard knew his team had clinched its second straight D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship over Theodore Roosevelt. He was ready to celebrate.
It’s officially playoff time. The Interstate Athletic Conference will crown either Georgetown Prep or Bullis its champion on Tuesday, postponed due to inclement weather on Saturday. The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference will battle through its rounds and deem a winner next Monday. And the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference will hold its league tournament this weekend, too.
After the final buzzer sounded and the postgame handshake line was complete, the St. John’s girls’ basketball players walked toward their locker room.
As “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled blared over the Northwest Washington gym’s speakers Monday afternoon, some Cadets danced. Others gave out high-fives. Almost all of them smiled, pleased to have beaten McNamara, 55-49, on their home court.
It was championship Friday in Virginia this past week, and some of the best girls’ teams in the state battled it out for the right to claim district titles.
T.C. Williams, Woodbridge, Osbourn Park and Oakton all took home crowns and look to be contenders in the regional playoffs.
Freedom-South Riding won the Potomac District by beating Tuscarora for the second time. The Eagles have proved to be kryptonite for the Huskies, handing them their only two losses.
As the clock inside Gonzaga’s gym in Northwest Washington ticked below 20 seconds Tuesday night, the DeMatha players rarely dribbled.
They passed and ran. Passed and ran.
The Stags spaced the floor and followed one another’s movements so well that Gonzaga’s players, despite shouts for an intentional foul from Coach Steve Turner on the sideline, couldn’t create contact.