All Wins, All Weekend
Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams took home double the victories.
Last weekend, the School’s boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams combined to go 4-0, winning all of their games. What’s more, the Sidwell Friends community came out in force to cheer them on. “Our student section is by far the best in the DMV,” says Keegan Bowen, assistant varsity and head freshman boys’ basketball coach and senior technology support specialist at Sidwell Friends. “They really provide an amazing atmosphere for both home and away games.”
The boys’ basketball team spent the weekend facing off with two of its biggest rivals: Jackson-Reed (formerly Wilson) and Maret. “Our boys’ team earned a couple of hard-fought victories in some hostile environments,” says Bowen. DC News Now covered both of the team’s victories. (Watch highlights from both of the boys’ basketball games here and here.)
For girls’ basketball, Sidwell Friends didn’t just host competitors; the School hosted ESPN’s nationally televised GEICO Girls Basketball Invitational championship, too. “It was such a surreal feeling, seeing our beautiful Pearson Athletic Center featured on ESPN,” says Bowen. “Fun fact: No other high school in DC has had ESPN use their facility to host an event at this scale.”
Girls’ basketball Head Coach Tamika Dudley is still bursting with joy. “We are grateful to the administration for allowing us to host a nationally televised event,” she says. “This was a tremendous undertaking and so many members of our community had to pull together to make things run smoothly.” Smoothly and successfully: The team clinched the championship in a buzzer-beater that featured Leah Harmon ’24 and Jadyn Donovan ’23 (now a McDonald’s Alll-American) making the game-winning play in dramatic Sidwell Basketball fashion. (Watch highlights from both of the girls’ basketball games here and here.)
“There are no words to express my gratitude to the entire Quaker community,” says Dudley. “Saturday was a moment our team will never forget, and it would not have been as magical without you.”
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