H.D. Woodson girls rout Coolidge, 75-31, to capture their sixth consecutive DCIAA title and 84th straight DCIAA contest
Saturday, February 26, 2011; 8:59 PM
It's time to give serious thought as to when the next D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association team is going to beat H.D. Woodson. Only a dramatic shift will end one of the most one-sided runs in Washington area high school sports.
A team with a much different look from the previous five, which entered the season with few experienced leaders, no returning All-Mets or impending McDonald's All-Americans, still produced the same overwhelming result: another dominant run to a sixth consecutive DCIAA championship.
The Warriors had no trouble pushing aside Coolidge, 75-31, as they won their 84th consecutive game over DCIAA opposition, a streak which began following a 46-44 loss to Anacostia on Jan. 25, 2006. The Warriors have rarely been challenged during this streak - their 18 consecutive playoff victories have come by an average of 40 points, with none in the past three years decided by fewer than 27.
"Whenever they come through those doors," Woodson Coach Frank Oliver said, "no matter who puts on that uniform, you're expected to win."
Woodson, once again, scheduled a tough nonconference schedule, featuring plenty of highly-regarded opponents from across the country. Even if they needed to be pushed to beat league opponents, the difficult out-of-town games only make the Warriors that much tougher in the District.
"We came back here and we're always better," said forward Destinee Jernigan, who had 13 points and is one of only two seniors among Woodson's top seven scorers.
By winning the title, Woodson (18-10) will play in the City Title Game for the sixth straight season. No other girls' team - from the DCIAA or Washington Catholic Athletic Conference - has enjoyed a longer streak of playing in the game. In fact, only DeMatha, which played in eight consecutive boys' City Title games from 1978 to '85 has a longer run of conference dominance than Woodson's girls.
Coolidge (19-5) was looking for its first DCIAA championship since 1996. The Colts expect to contend next year, as they dressed eight sophomores and two juniors Saturday.
Woodson's pressure defense forced Coolidge turnovers on six of its first seven possessions. The Warriors jumped to a 9-0 lead and never looked back. The Warriors led 18-1 before Coolidge made its first field goal, a three-pointer with 19 seconds left in the first quarter.
Woodson extended the lead to 39-14 at the half, and it was just a matter of time until they reenacted an annual ritual - hoisting the championship trophy.