Junior Kristen Boone wasn't worried about chemistry when she transferred to Gwynn Park from Elizabeth Seton this season.
After all, she met up at the Brandywine school with American Athletic Union teammate Kemena Brooks; and Gerri Crutchfield, who had played in the same Capitol Comets AAU program in an older age group.
Both Brooks and Crutchfield transferred to Gwynn Park this season and together with junior Markeya Watson, the lone player back from the Yellow Jackets' Maryland 3A championship team who also plays for the Capitol Comets, the quartet has formed an immediate bond.
"We all played with each other and against each other," Boone said. "It wasn't really like a new team. It was just a new environment."
That explains Gwynn Park's gaudy 13-1 record and impressive streak of "mercy rule" wins. Led by their foursome, the Yellow Jackets have won six straight games by 30 or more points, including a 60-27 win over defending state 2A champ DuVal on Jan. 10.
"They have made a significant difference," Coach Marvin Vann said. "They bring understanding. They all have good backgrounds and in terms of competition and AAU ball and in terms of the programs they were a part of, they bring some leadership and some insight and definitely some competitiveness."
They also each bring something else. Crutchfield, a senior who transferred to Gwynn Park from Surrattsville, has established herself as the team's rebounding force with 10.3 rebounds per game, and Brooks, a junior transfer from Bishop McNamara, is leading the team in scoring (11.9 points per game).
Watson is doing a little bit of everything, and Boone is running the show, leading the team in assists with six per game.
-- Todd Jacobson