Girls’ basketball: H.D. Woodson fired up for rematch with Anacostia


Alexus King (3) and H.D. Woodson are motivated for a rematch with Alexis Brown (1) and Anacostia in a critical DCIAA clash Friday in Northeast. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
January 13

With the loss of eight transfers to Capital Christian, little was expected of H.D. Woodson this winter. But that didn’t remove the target from the perennial DCIAA power’s jersey.

The Warriors were struck with Anacostia’s best shot in their Dec. 16 conference opener and suffered their first DCIAA defeat since 2006, ending a remarkable 113-game winning streak against conference foes.

But first-year Coach Anthony Davis said he felt the girls didn’t realize the magnitude of the loss as most are seeing their first year of varsity play.

“We are young so I don’t think our kids grasped the idea of where we were historically,” Davis said. “We lost by six points and missed 20 free throws and had 20-plus turnovers.

Friday, the Warriors will get a rematch against the team that ended their streak, but they will have to face them on the road in Southeast.

The top plays from the week of basketball in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

Davis said he heard the murmurs that Woodson (5-3, 4-1) wouldn’t be formidable this year with its huge loss of talent, but the freshman duo of Jasmine Hatton and Alexus King have been proven to be a strong combination.

Hatton, a 5-foot-10 forward, is very tough on the low block and loves to draw contact when driving to the basket. She is averaging 7.3 free throw attempts in the team’s eight games.

“I can play just about every position on the floor,” Hatton said. “When my point guard need help, I can do that. I just do whatever is asked to be successful.”

Hatton is scoring 18.3 points per game and she earned all-tournament honors at the Boo Williams Christmas Classic where she averaged 15 points per game.

The 5-foot-5 King is averaging 9.7 points per game and has scored in double figures five times this season.

“She’s been another pleasant surprise,” Davis said of the freshman point guard. “Initially I had her playing two guard but had to move her to the point. She’s experienced some growing pains as well.”

Although this roster doesn’t have any holdovers from last season’s DCIAA champions, the Warriors are still considered a team to beat based on their recent dominance.

“I told them, unfortunately, from the very beginning ‘you guys have a mark on your back,’” Davis said. “None of us had anything to do with that record, but we’re wearing that mark because of it.”

The Warriors are looking forward to their chance to avenge their lone DCIAA loss Friday with a more experienced team than they trotted out in their six-point loss nearly a month ago to Anacostia (4-2, 1-1).

“I’m very excited, and I really want to win because I played with some of the girls at Anacostia,” Hatton said of Friday’s matchup. “We’re more together than we were in the last game, and I think we can beat them.”

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