The teams wear similar red uniforms, the scoreboard is run by a 6 year old, and the competition is fierce as players work on improving their games in the Fairfax County girls summer basketball league at Lee High School.
The Annandale players, winning by a lopsided margin, had their shirts tucked in; Dale City wore Marquette chic, shirts untucked.
As if the shirts weren't enough, three girls on the court were wearing No. 11 and two had No. 2. When the referee called No. 11 red for a hack, it was enough to make a scorekeeper or fan cry foul.
But in the sweltering humidity of the partitioned Lee gym last week, the girls played on.
At the age of 6, Jenny Taylor is surely the league's youngest and most unofficial scorekeeper. She is the sister of Debbie Taylor, Robinson's summer league coach. In the relaxed atmosphere, parents and siblings frequently are drafted to mind the clock or the scorebook.
"When they are taking shots and people are gathered around, it's a one," Jenny Taylor said, explaining her craft. "But when they normally take shots, it's a two."
Jenny's older sister, Debbie, wasn't present, so Cheryl Yarbrough coached the team. Yarbrough recently coached the 16-and-under Vogues of Virginia, the host team in the national AAU tournament, amidst a considerably more competitive atmosphere.
"This isn't anything like Junior Olympics," said Yarbrough, who is an assistant coach at Marymount College and played college basketball at William and Mary. "This is the first game I got to coach. What's good about summer league is it's very low key. It's usually your junior varsity players and younger players."
When athletes who will compose the nuclei of next season's varsities aren't present, younger players gain valuable competitive experience.
"Kids have other priorities," Yarbrough said. "They're going to camps and on vacations. It's catch as catch can. But it's really nice for the younger kids."
All-Met Penny Moore was at the Blue-Star basketball camp in New Jersey last week, so people like her sister, Sylvia, a rising freshman, played in her absence.
Yarbrough likes the relaxed atmosphere because it allows her to teach. But one coach's boon is another's bane.
Before he dismissed his team, Joe Bonzano, who coaches his daughter Beckie and her Lee High School teammates, asked, "Who will be here on Friday?"
Bonzano's team was 3-3, but for someone who once coached satellite professionals in the Continental Basketball Association and countless AAU teams with some of the area's finest players, last week's 48-41 loss to Robinson was difficult to accept.
"We're not doing well," Bonzano said. "This is the first time we've had all our athletes back. Some of them have been at basketball camp at the Mount (St. Mary's). Two more are going back this week.
"Everybody's like that here. You can come up here and get blown out and come back the next night and not see the same players . . . It's frustrating."
If the atmosphere in which the games are played is lax, the play itself is intense. In a game between West Potomac High School and a club made up of girls from all over Fairfax, the referees permitted more than the usual amount of contact. Debbie Geck, a senior-to-be at West Potomac, was knocked into the partition pursuing a loose ball. Lisa Lindley, her backcourt partner, was twice hit in the face driving to the basket.
"I don't see the reasoning behind letting all the contact go," Geck said.
But, said Lindley, "I don't feel I've had a good game unless I go home with a few bruises."
While onlookers were seeing red trying to decipher who played for who in the Dale City-Annandale game, referee Kathleen Haddow had things coolly in hand.
"Well," she said, "One team had predominantly white shorts, so they tucked their shirts in.
"The home team is responsible for having a change of uniforms," Haddow said. "If it were a regular season game they would have forfeited. But this is summer league and the girls are here to play."