The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, known in some circles as March Madness, officially launched last week to run through early April.
But, if you ask Je’Nan Hayes, March Madness didn’t wait for last Thursday to get started. It had already begun.
Hayes is a junior at Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery County. She’s a reserve on the school’s girls basketball team, which had a pretty successful 2017 season, getting all the way to the regional finals of the state tournament.
As the Watkins Mill school newspaper first reported, Hayes, who is Muslim and wears a hijab, a head covering used by female practitioners of the faith, had played in the Wolverines’ first 24 games.