Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Jameka White does not need to be reminded about the storied history surrounding the H.D. Woodson girls' basketball program. As a four-year senior starter for the Warriors, White has played on one of Woodson's league-leading 16 D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship teams.
Friday, White helped the Warriors keep their playoff hopes alive with a 62-59 East division victory over Ballou in Southeast Washington. She scored a game-best 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Woodson (13-8, 6-2) stretched its season-long winning streak to four.
"All season long, Coach [Bob] Headen has told us about how we have lost games to teams that have not beaten us in 11 years," White said. "We knew as a team we have not been playing up to our potential, and neither had I. I felt that I needed to get involved offensively and do my part."
Woodson will host Eastern on Wednesday and travel to play Anacostia on Friday to end the regular season. A sweep will mean that the Warriors will avoid meeting reigning champion Dunbar in a first-round playoff game.
"It [the victory] gives us a lot of confidence," Headen said. "We only lost to Anacostia by one point, so this allows us to go into that game thinking that we have a chance to beat them."
Ballou (8-8, 6-2) had won seven straight. The Knights overcame a 16-point third quarter deficit behind the play of Chinata Nesbit. The junior guard, who averages 14 points, sparked a 13-0 run to pull Ballou to 55-50 with 4 minutes 49 seconds remaining in the quarter. The junior guard finished with 14 points.
White scored on a put-back and converted two free throws to help the Warriors build a 61-54 lead with 2:42 remaining in the final quarter.
"We came back," Ballou Coach William Brockenberry said. "But we missed free throws . . . and turnovers hurt us. We got careless with the ball."
In the boys' game, Woodson senior guard Daniel Battle scored 12 of his game-high 25 points during a decisive 19-2 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters as the Warriors won, 69-62. Woodson (15-3, 6-2) was coming off a win over No. 5 Spingarn on Tuesday.
Ballou (4-11, 2-5) had three players score 14 points apiece: John Thomas, Donta Lee and Donnell Smith.