Basketball preview: DCIAA, charter school girls


H.D. Woodson's Jephany Brown, going to the basket against Coolidge in last season’s DCIAA title game, returns for the Warriors. (Jonathan Ernst/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
Top teams

H.D. Woodson(18-12), Coolidge (15-5), Wilson (12-12)

Top players

F Jephany Brown, H.D. Woodson, 6-0, Sr.

G Georgiana Gilbeaux, Coolidge, 5-8, Sr.

G Chanel Green, H.D. Woodson, 5-4, Sr.

F Johnelle Green, Wilson, 5-11, Sr.

G Morgan Smiley, Anacostia, 5-6, Jr.

Skinny

H.D. Woodson should continue to be the class of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association this winter as the Warriors hope to continue claim their seventh straight title and add to their 87 straight conference wins. Brown and Green (both Providence signees), along with Rahni Bell and Janae Blount, form a strong core of upperclassmen. But look for sophomore guard Breonn Hughey to contribute as well. . . .

Coolidge is taking on a more ambitious out-of-conference schedule this season behind Gilbeaux. The Colts return their 2009-10 leading scorer, 5-9 guard Paris Nicks, who missed all of last season while recovering from an ACL tear and surgery. . . . Wilson could push DCIAA finalist Coolidge in the West. . . .

Nadiya Holley, who led Ballou in scoring as a freshman with 13.7 ppg, returns for the Knights (10-9). ... Behind returnees Smiley and 5-10 forward Attalah Sabazz, Anacostia will be competitive in the DCIAA East. . . . Coaches said Theodore Roosevelt looked sharp in the offseason. . . . Derrick Mickels will be Dunbar’s new coach. . . .

Friendship Collegiate (24-9) should be competitive among the charters.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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