Since Chanel Green was a freshman at H.D. Woodson, she has gotten used to standing at center court, surrounded by her teammates, donning a championship t-shirt and receiving a D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association trophy.
Saturday afternoon, against Wilson, it was no different. The sixth-ranked Warriors cruised to a 61-18 win over the Tigers at Coolidge to claim their seventh straight DCIAA title — a mark believed to be unprecendented in the league. H.D. Woodson will meet the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion in the Abe Pollin City Title game.
“It’s still a great feeling because we know we worked hard all year,” Green said, “and we just get to celebrate it and knowing that our hard work pays off every year.”
With Brown, the team’s leading scorer, in foul trouble for much of the first half and sophomore guard Breonn Hughey in same situation in the second quarter, the Warriors still played punishing defense, led by Green’s six steals.
H.D. Woodson (25-5) extended a 12-5 first quarter lead to 31-6 by halftime. And when Brown (12 points and 13 rebounds) and Hughey re-entered the game in the second half, the Warriors put the game further out of reach.
Bell led all scorers with 13 points and Green added 10 points. Wilson ( 20-10) was led by sophomore forward Mercedes Suarez, who had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Next season, the Warriors’ accomplished group of seniors will part ways. Brown and Green will play together at Providence; Bell and Blount have yet to commit to colleges.
“I wish I could continue” playing with them, Bell said. “I wish we was all going to the same place.”