For H.D. Woodson, Breonn Hughey grows into her game

March 12, 2013
H.D. Woodson's Breonn Hughey sails past Georgetown Day's Caira Washington as she goes up for two during DCSAA Girls' Championship game at the Verizon Center on Monday, March 11, 2013. Hughey scored 15 points to help lead H.D. Woodson over Georgetown Day for the title. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
H.D. Woodson’s Breonn Hughey sails past Georgetown Day’s Caira Washington as she goes up for two during DCSAA girls’ championship game at the Verizon Center. Hughey scored 15 points to help lead H.D. Woodson over Georgetown Day for the title. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

As detailed by Preston Williams in Monday night’s report on H.D. Woodson’s 60-42 win over Georgetown Day in the DCSAA title game at the Verizon Center, the Warriors found an advantage behind the arc, especially in the corners with guards Georgianna Gilbeaux and Breonn Hughey.

For the Hughey (15 points, two three-pointers), it was a strong finish to a junior campaign that produced 10.8 points per game – and 42 three-point field goals made. She made 10 treys in the last four games of the season, including five against Wilson in last week’s DCIAA title game. Altough a point guard, Hughey’s offensive production improved drastically over the last seven games of the season, when she averaged 16.4 points per game over that stretch. She nailed three-pointers in 27 of 32 games this season.

And with Woodson graduating a good percentage of its scoring this spring, including forward Erin Blaine (18.8 ppg), the shooting opportunities for Hughey should be plentiful for her senior year, where she hopes to lead the Warriors back to the DCSAA championship game.

“I stay after practice, and we try to shoot threes, a lot,”  Hughey said earlier this week, “so I can make them in the game when it counts.”

Hughey has received a “little bit” of interest this winter on the recruiting trail – and she said she counts Virginia Commonwealth and North Carolina-Charlotte as her two top choices at the moment.

“I like their teams and their coaches,” Hughey said, adding that she is prepared for more interest to pour in during 2013. “I think I’m going to handle the [recruiting process] well. My coaches, and people around me are preparing me for next year, so I think I’m just, going to be able to handle it.”

Hughey’s next task will be hitting the AAU circuit this spring with her club, DC Cobras, which is comprised of mostly Woodson players, she said. Playing year round with the same players not only helps Hughey feel comfortable playing in front of the scores of recruiters who scout the circuit, she said, but also gives her and her teammates a chance to meld before the school starts in the fall.

“AAU is very important. It develops your skills and your IQ,” Hughey said. “There’s a lot of recruiters at the games, a lot [of] people watching, at all times.”

 

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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