Anacostia’s Asisha Greene didn’t pout after her second free throw hit the back of the iron late in the fourth quarter Monday night against H.D. Woodson. Her team’s free throws had been erratic all evening, but with just 30 seconds remaining and her team clinging to a four-point lead, Greene went old school and followed her miss, toward the left baseline. She muscled her way through two Warriors defenders and grabbed the long rebound, which helped her team close out a historical win.
Greene made several clutch plays down the stretch, and fellow guard Ikeya Bland scored 13 points to lift the Indians to a 52-46 win in Northeast, marking the first DCIAA loss for the Warriors in almost eight years.
“We were excited, but we were a little nervous too,” Greene said of entering Monday’s matchup, fully aware that the Warriors hadn’t been beaten in 113 DCIAA games. “It hadn’t happened in a long time.”
Anacostia (3-0) never trailed, but it was a grinding win. The low-scoring affair was reminiscent of the Indians’ two-point win over the Warriors in January 2006, the last time H.D. Woodson lost a DCIAA game. Both teams left a lot of points on the floor — Anacostia missed five free throws in the final minute while the Warriors (0-2) missed 21 free throws on the night.
H.D. Woodson, which lost eight transfers earlier this year, stayed in the game with terrific performances from the freshman duo of Alexus King (13 points) and Jasmine Hatton (17 points), who cut the lead to 46-44 with a runner with about three minutes left.
But Bland responded with two free throws on the following possession, and a minute later Greene caused a ruckus from the crowd after crossing over her defender and getting into the lane. Her pull-up jumper missed, but in a scene that would come back to fruition later, she followed it with an offensive rebound and putback. Couple that with her hustle play in the final minute, and the sophomore guard made the two most pivotal plays of her career in a game that puts the Indians atop the DCIAA standings.
I thought it was a good shot, to get the team back in it,” Greene said.
Anacostia Coach Dwayne Shackleford said he tried to shift the focus from snapping Woodson’s streak to gaining experience in an early-season road game. Both teams are young and inexperienced, he said, but Anacostia grew up Monday night — it had three players post double figures in points, including the freshmanBland.
“I just had to adjust,” Bland said. “It means a lot. . . . We couldn’t wait for this game.”