The Coolidge girls' basketball players made a fashion statement to get some attention. The team wore one orange and black striped sock. Perhaps more importantly, the Colts made a statement on the court with a 52-47 victory over Anacostia in a nonconference D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Conference game in Southeast.
Trailing by 10, Anacostia sophomore center Jazmine Adair scored a layup and forward Cherise Smith hit a jumper to cut the deficit to 50-44 with 29 seconds remaining in the game. But Coolidge guard Ashley Alexander (team-high 13 points) sank two free throws with 21 seconds left to seal the victory.
"We needed this win to give us some confidence," said senior point guard Ashley Robbins, who finished with six points. "We've been losing so we wanted to try get going at the beginning of the season rather than the end. We started wearing the socks because we wanted to draw attention to ourselves because nobody is ever talking about Coolidge."
The Colts improved to 4-3 and earned their second consecutive victory over Anacostia (5-5). Coolidge upset the Indians, 49-45, in the DCIAA semifinals last season.
"We're starting to play more cohesively as a team," senior Nakita Hubbard (10 points) said. "We're working to get back to the championship. We need to get back to the championship. But that's only going to happen if we continue to play as a team."
Anacostia Boys End Drought
Anacostia used a 10-0 run late in the game and held off another charge by Coolidge to earn its first victory over the Colts in five years with a 77-70 win.
The Colts trailed 73-70 with 17 seconds left following a three-pointer by guard Mason Binion.
But Anacostia senior guard Antown Hines made two of four free throws and Dario Brown scored on a goaltending call with four seconds remaining to seal the victory.
The Indians improved to 4-1, and the Colts (1-4) suffered their fourth straight loss.
The Colts tied the game at 67 with a three-point play by senior forward Christopher Whitefield (21 points, seven rebounds).
"We were talking about how Coolidge has beaten us in everything for so long," Hines said. "We took it upon ourselves to not let it happen again.
"It was scary, but we eventually stuck it out and got the win."