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Quaker basketball teams continue their winning ways.

After multiple conference, state, and national championships in recent years, expectations were high for Sidwell Friends girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball squads this winter. And so far the teams have not disappointed.

The girls’ team traveled to Hawaii in December for the ʻIolani Classic in Honolulu. “Hawaii was amazing,” said Head Coach Tamika Dudley. “We had an opportunity to connect with local teams and immerse our program in the culture. We even visited Pearl Harbor and went to a luau.” Of course, they also played basketball: The Quakers won the tournament and beat the No. 2 team in the country, Sierra Canyon, 49-48 in the final.

In January, the Quakers traveled again, this time to the birthplace of basketball, Springfield College in Massachusetts, where the Quakers faced a powerhouse team from California. “We lost the game,” said Dudley, “but did not lose the opportunity to soak in the historical value of playing at Springfield College, where basketball was invented.” 
 
Ranked in the top five nationally and now heading into the second half of the season, the team, with a 13-3 record on January 29, is optimistic about its chances of winning the Independent School League regular season and tournament, as well as making a play for the state championship in late February and early March. It doesn’t hurt that the team boasts two recently named McDonald's All-American players: Zania Socka-Nguemen ’24 and Kendall Dudley ’24, both of whom are heading to UCLA next fall where they will reunite with Kiki Rice ’22. “The McDonald’s All-American team is the highest honor in high school basketball,” said Coach Dudley. “I’m very proud of our girls and our program.”

The boys’ basketball program, ranked in the top five in the Washington, DC, area and top 40 in the nation, is also off to a strong start, with a 15–4 (6-0 in conference) record headed into the second half of the season. The team opened its season on the road at Chicago Elite Classic, where the Quakers defeated the nationally ranked Curie Metro High School team from Illinois with what Head Coach Eric Singletary ’93 called “a dazzling buzzer-beater” by Jalen Rougier-Roane ‘25.

The team had two tough losses to nationally ranked opponents in December at the National Hoopfest. Over the holiday break, the boys traveled to Salisbury, Maryland, and New York City to face more high-quality national competition, finishing 2-1.

As of January 29, the team is on a seven-game winning streak and looking to finish strong in the Mid-Atlantic Conference and state tournaments. “We look forward to the second half of conference play,” said Singletary. “We’d love to compete for another MAC title.”
 

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