"It's All About The Game"

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Ron Bailey, Publisher

NW school bags first ever girl's hoops title.


February 26, 2014 - Facing DCIAA rival Woodrow Wilson (DC) in the league's girl's final, Bell Multicultural (DC) was in a slug fest throughout; the game's lead would change multiple times. It was expected, given the two Northwest, Washington DC schools had split during the regular season.

The 2013-2014 record will record Bell as going 2-1, as the Griffins prevailed in overtime 62-60 at Coolidge High School on Tuesday. Bell was 17-11, while Wilson stood 20-7.

Overtime and the season came to a fitting end; Freshman forward Antanayne Tucker scored a layup with mere seconds remaining. Wilson had a chance to tie or win, but the ball was turned over.

First half action was equally as contested, ending with Bell leading 32-30.

"It was tough game" said head Griffin Reggie Taylor this morning, both proud and elated by his team's success. "We pulled it out. It was probably one of the best championship games you could ever see. The environment was great. We are happy to come out on top".

Bell's Rayonna Marshall.

The victory is historic in nature, as Taylor shared "It's the first championship for girls basketball at Bell". Not bad for a coach in his second year leading the program, one with a team with one senior, three juniors, two sophomores and four freshman.

One of those first year high schoolers, Daija Gallion scored 12 points, and along with junior Rayonna Marshall (20 points) were tasked by Taylor with feeding forwards "Tucker and (Alexandra) Hall", both freshman. Junior forward Olivia Hill finished with nine points, while Hall had eight.

Defensively, Taylor indicated "We had to work hard, they had two good shooters", sophomore guard Tytilayo Green , who scored 19 points, 17 in the first half, and senior guard/forward , Mercedes Suarez, the team's most dynamic player, held to six points. Guard Tu'ziah Hall, a sophomore was also cited as a point of concern by Taylor. Hall tied Bell's Marshall for game home scoring honors with 20 points.

"It went back and forth" said Taylor of the game's flow. That is more or less a metaphor for these two team's head-to-head matchups this season.

When the ball stopped bouncing in DCIAA girl's play, Bell walked away with the last, and most important victory.

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