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Dunbar girls win DCIAA varsity basketball title

(Published March 11, 2002)

By BRIAN BRADFORD

Staff Writer

Getting to the championship was the hard part.

After advancing into the finals on a last-second basket during overtime, the Dunbar Lady Tiders ran the Coolidge Colts out of their home gym with ease. Dunbar (25-4) punished the Colts 77-46 enroute to its first City Title Game appearance in the schoolís history.

Capping off their best season ever, Dunbarís varsity girls cruised through the DCIAA championship game on March 1 in control of Coolidge on both ends of the court.

Dunbarís main contributors were two players who transferred to the Northwest Washington school in hopes of winning the title together. Guards Teyonka Hodge and Candice Howard combined to score 54 points. Hodge, who led the league in steals for three years, brought championship experience from her two years in the finals while attending H.D. Woodson.

Howard was Bladensburg High Schoolís star last year before taking the DCIAA by storm. This year the senior led the metro area in scoring and had her way with Coolidge, throwing in 28 points. Dunbar won the right to represent the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association in the City Title game at MCI Center.

Their opponents, the St. Johnís Cadets, had won the WCAC title two days earlier. The Cadets proved to be too much for Dunbar, dropping the Tiders 74-65 in front of 4,849 fans on March 9.

Howard led all scorers with 24 points but was ejected with four seconds remaining for punching a Cadet in the face. Referees immediately ended the game.

Every year, the champions from the DCIAA face the champions of the WCAC. Since the City Title began including a girls contest in 1990, St. Johnís has posted a 3-0 record in the game. They won in 1998, 1999 and this year.

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