When first-year SEED School Coach Megan Ahammer-McCartney was hired over the summer, athletic director Joe Thompson told her he had someone he’d like her to meet.

Waiting for Ahammer-McCartney in the Southeast DC public charter school’s gymnasium was Taniya Dunn, a 5-foot-9 sophomore. From their initial meeting Ahammer-McCartney knew she had a standout in Dunn.

“The first things you look for in a player are size, athleticism and work ethic,” Ahammer-McCartney said. “And she had it all.”

A strong slashing wing player who can score through contact, Dunn is averaging 24.4 points per game, second-best in the area this season. She’s also posted five double-doubles, including a 29-point and 19-rebound performance against Grace Christian Academy.

She opened the season with a 33-point performance against the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, just shy of her career-high 47 points last year at Clinton Christian.

“In both those games I felt like I was going to have a big night from the beginning and I was able to score a ton of points,” Dunn said.

Dunn is still fairly new to the game; she first picked up a basketball in the sixth grade and she hasn’t played a minute on the AAU summer circuit. She said she would like to improve her defense and ball handling this summer.

She plans to join the Lady Hoop Booth team in the Stafford, Va., area to add that experience to her already polished high school resume and gain some recruiting interest.

“She can flat out put the ball in the hole,” Ahammer-McCartney said of the sophomore. “She rebounds and knocks down three-pointers; she’s a very versatile player.”

In the spring she runs track at SEED competing in the 200 and 400 meters and the long jump. But her first love is basketball.

“You learn something new every day playing basketball,” Dunn said. “It’s more fun to me and there is a lot of teamwork involved.”