Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
When H.D. Woodson guard Charli Jackson joined the team for its last four games, she considered her greatest asset would be her passing ability. But at the urging of Coach Bob Headen, Jackson has emerged as a scoring threat as well.
Jackson scored a team-high 20 points and senior forward Asia Alston made one of two free throws with 8.5 seconds left to lift the Warriors to a 53-50 victory Friday night over Anacostia in a D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association game in Southeast.
Alston connected on a short jumper in the lane to give the Warriors (14-8, 7-2) a 52-47 lead with 2 minutes 43 seconds remaining.
A minute later, Anacostia sophomore center Jazmine Adair (26 points, 11 rebounds) converted a three-point play to cut the deficit to two. Alston then made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Warriors their final margin of victory.
The Indians (15-8, 7-2) turned the ball over and failed to get off a shot on their final possession.
Despite the loss, Anacostia won the East Division title for the second consecutive year and captured the top seed for the playoffs, which will begin Tuesday.
"We knew this game was real important because they're one of our biggest rivals," said Jackson, who transferred from Carroll to H.D. Woodson on Jan. 8. "I love to pass and dribble and don't look too much to score. But Coach Headen is always getting on me to shoot the ball when I am open."
Since arriving, the 5-foot-7 guard has emerged as the Warriors' leading scorer with an average of 11.5 points entering last night's contest.
Jackson scored nine points -- including a three-pointer -- as H.D. Woodson outscored Anacostia 19-9 in the third quarter to take a 49-38 lead.
"At first I thought [Jackson] would control the ball for them," Anacostia Coach Frank Briscoe said. "But I think her greatest asset may be knowing the game. She gives them another offensive weapon. There were times she recognized that she should go to the basket and score."
Warriors Boys Complete Sweep
In the boys' game, H.D. Woodson junior guard Delonte Taylor was among three players to score in double figures and lead the Warriors to an 89-75 victory over Anacostia. Taylor finished with 15 points, followed by Joshua Morgan (12 points) and Mike McDonald (10 points).
The Warriors improved to 15-3, 7-2, and handed the Indians their eighth consecutive loss. Anacostia, which will not make the playoffs for the first time in two years, fell to 7-10, 1-8.
"When we pressed, their guards attacked for easy baskets," Anacostia Coach Troy Sewell said. "They have some real good guards who handle the ball well and beat us in transition."
Senior guard Dario Brown finished with a game-high 22 points and junior guard Marvin Chatman had 20 to lead Anacostia.
Notes: The Cardozo and Eastern girls' basketball teams forfeited games Friday night against Wilson and Ballou, respectively, because they lacked players. DCIAA Executive Director Allen Chin said that not enough students attended school on Friday, the first day back after the snowstorm.