H.D. Woodson senior guard Rahni Bellsays it’s not enough to have a smothering defense. The best ones have a sadistic streak, and her No. 5 Warriors flashed that trait early and often Tuesday night at Verizon Center in the Abe Pollin City Title girls’ basketball championship.
In a 64-54 win over No. 2 Good Counsel, which had gone unbeaten in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, H.D. Woodson forced 27 turnovers while committing only eight in capturing its third City Title in five years.
“Chinese water torture,” said Bell, whose team jumped out to a 17-6 lead and outscored the Falcons, 18-6, in the fourth quarter. “Keep dropping, keep dropping, keep dropping. It’s going to build up. In the fourth quarter, they couldn’t come back.”
“The WCAC is widely considered one of the top conferences, but there is not an H.D. Woodson in the WCAC,” said Warriors Coach Frank Oliver, whose team has won the past seven D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association titles to qualify for the City Title Game. “So you don’t see a team like us in the WCAC.”