When Kiki Rice was in sixth grade, the basketball prodigy and her dad watched a nail-biter between St. John’s College High School of Washington, D.C., and St. Paul VI Catholic High School of Chantilly, Virginia. PVI’s Ashley Owusu, who has been a star point guard at the University of Maryland, dominated the game.
Going to Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) games was a father-daughter tradition, and watching up-and-coming players in the powerhouse basketball league helped propel Kiki to hone her game. “I could envision myself playing on this stage,” recalls Kiki, now a high school hoops star from Bethesda and ESPN’s No. 2 women’s basketball recruit in the Class of 2022.