Green, black and red are the colors that symbolize H.D. Woodson High School. Each year a senior, junior, and sophomore is selected to represent each color.
Kammy Brown, a junior, was crowned as the school's "Miss Black" several months ago. Now, the 5-foot-10, 123-pound guard/forward is on the verge of another title: leading the Warriors' girls basketball team to a repeat performance as Interhigh champion.
"She does some amazing things out there on the court," said 5-9 guard Damita Warren of Anacostia, who had the unenviable task of guarding Brown in two games this season.
"I thought I could physically overpower her on the boards and use my strength to force her to shoot long jumpers on the offensive end. But her height and size are deceiving. She is by far the best guard in the league."
Brown's accomplishments in two games against Anacostia this winter read as follows: a career-high and Interhigh-best 37 points that helped No. 1-ranked Woodson (19-1) to a 97-7 rout. But in Game 2, she was a little more sympathetic: 19 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and eight steals in the Warriors' 99-22 victory.
"I got into early foul trouble (three fouls in the first half) so I wasn't as productive as I was in our first meeting," said Brown, the only player on the talented Warriors team to score in double figures every game. "I just like playing against Anacostia," she said.
But Anacostia isn't the only team in the league that Brown does well against. Against Eastern, the team that stopped Woodson's 29-game winning streak last season, Brown managed a game-high 25 points to help the defending Interhigh champions to a 114-38 victory. At Dunbar, she made her presence known, getting 18 rebounds and scoring on an array of jump shots for 19 points in only three quarters of play as Woodson won, 99-22.
Outside the league, Brown also has been prolific. In one of her most gratifying games, Brown recorded a triple-double (32 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists) in a victory over 19th-ranked Gar-Field. At Walbrook (Baltimore), Brown had 25 points and 18 rebounds.
No team in the league or area has been able to contain Brown. Her resume reads as follows: 363 points through 18 games for an average of 18.1 points, which is second best in the league next to teammate Tanderia Green (22.4), also a junior. Brown also is second in the league in rebounding, averaging 18 a game. Green, a center/forward, leads the league in that category, too, with a 24.2 average.
"I've had to opportunity to coach some of the best girls in the area," said Woodson's coach, Bob Headen, who has compiled a remarkable 115-15 record and four Interhigh championships over an eight-year period. "Tanya (Wigfall) was perhaps the best shooting guard that I have ever coached, but she didn't have a lot of skilled players on the team like we have now.
"Kammy -- remember she's only a junior -- is probably the best overall guard that I have ever had, though. She puts out a 100 percent effort in every game, regardless if we're leading by 40 points or 60. She hustles, runs until she's about to pass out and works for everything. That's her greatest asset."
That's saying a lot when in Headen's office, there are several 8x10 photos taped to the wall of several graduates of Woodson: Wigfall (who went on to the University of South Carolina), DeLinda Hastie (University of Wisconsin), India Frazier (American), Julia Frazier, Eve Coleman, Audrey Profet (District of Columbia) and Lisa Riley (Howard).
Another asset of Brown's is hitting the outside jump shot and fillng the passing lanes on the fast break. "Kammy can knock in 30 straight jumpers without a miss if she wanted to," said point guard Evelyn Newborn, who leads the league in assists, averaging just over 15. "And she knows how to get loose on the fast break. She makes me look good."
Brown's rise to stardom began when she polished her skills in the B/C Summer League, which featured 200 of the top girl players in the nation.
Playing with Green and Newborn, who were also invited to the camp, Brown walked away from the league with its prestigious MVP award.
But it was the move from forward to guard that has made a difference in her style of play.
Then there is her unselfishness. She puts the team first even if it means making personal sacrifices. When Headen asked her to play forward last season, she made the move even though she was often physically overmatched. Her individual performance suffered as she averaged only 11 points.
"She was a role player last year," said Headen. "We had two of the best guards in the area (Newborn and Hastie) but Kammy was so good that I needed her talents on the floor. So I placed her at forward next to Green. Now she's comfortable and established at playing both positions."