It was that time. Up 29 with one minute left in the D.C. State Athletic Association final, No. 1 St. John's made two substitutions. What would be a 65-40 victory over Georgetown Visitation, its fourth title in five years, was the last game of a dominant 32-2 season, and it was time for some sideline hugs.
Forward Sydney Wood came out first, and guard Asha Scott followed. Coach Jonathan Scribner waited with open arms. For a team that entered the season with a target on its back, burdened with the expectation and pressure to win every time it took the court, one of the feelings that pervaded the sideline at that moment had to be relief. The season was over, and just about everything had gone right.
"There's just no better feeling in the world," Scribner said as his team celebrated around him, one player wearing the DCSAA champs banner like a cape. "This is what you do it for."
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