The Anacostia Lady Indians defeated the Wilson Lady Tigers, 58-45, to win the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) girls’ basketball championship on Feb. 27 in Washington, D.C.
However, for Anacostia head coach Dwayne Shackleford, the win was about more than basketball.
“We skilled them up on the basketball court, but we also skilled them up in life,” said Shackleford, an Anacostia alum. “These kids have grown. Some of them went from getting F’s to 4.0 GPAs. It’s bigger than basketball at Anacostia. To see the progress, it’s just awesome.”
Anacostia senior guard Asisha Greene, DCIAA player of the year, made a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give her team a 27-21 lead. Her teammates kept the momentum going in the second half and pulled away to a double-digit lead.
“We needed to win, so we had to do what it takes to win,” said Greene, who finished with a game-high 21 points. “We needed more.”
With less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Wilson junior guard Tuziah Hall made a three-pointer to cut Anacostia’s lead to just four points. However, Anacostia freshman Mya Moya responded with a floater and crucial free throws to give the Lady Indians breathing room until the final buzzer.
Moya finished with 16 points. For Wilson, Hall led the team with 20 points.
The victory marks Anacostia’s first DCIAA girls’ basketball title since 2000.
“[There are] levels to winning,” said Shackleford. “They paid their dues and God blessed them with a championship. It’s awesome.”