Small HS basketball programs hope to make a splash

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- In the world of high school basketball, there are public and private schools. In the DMV, teams in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference dominate the landscape. But private schools are getting a run for their money with new, small independent programs hoping to make a splash.

At Capitol Christian Academy the girls' team is made up largely of former D.C. standout players like Breonn Hughey and Auteonna Gilmore. Gilmore shares what kind of player she is: "I'm a pass-first point guard. I like to share the ball with my teammates, get them involved first."

Hughey is another pass-first point guard. She played for HG Woodson last year under then-head coach Henry Anglin, who is Capitol Christian's 'current' head coach.

"I been with him since 5th grade so wherever he go, I'm going... 'why' because, I mean, the respect I have for him. I wanted to play for him for my 12th grade year so I just came on over with him," shares Hughey.

Hughey is one of eight former Woodson players who joined Coach Anglin at Capitol Christian. Anglin brought Coach Saladin Reese, formerly of Coolidge High School, on board.

With the coaching staff assembled and talented players plucked from other schools, the first year program has been called a powerhouse. They're in the top five of USA Today's high school rankings among nearly 300 Maryland schools. Anglin tries to explain how this is happening: "I don't know what to say about the powerhouse status... we're just another program trying to give girls an opportunity."

The opportunity Anglin's talking about is scholarships. He says with the smaller class size, students get more attention than in public school and can focus on academics.

That, coupled with basketball acumen, can lead to a full ride at college for these young players, which is the goal.

"The main thing is we give them the chances, the exposure... always playing at the events where the college coaches will be so they'll get a chance at that exposure and opportunity to earn a scholarship," said Anglin.


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