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Maryland girls basketball player held out of game for wearing hijab

Maryland girls basketball player held out of game for wearing hijab

— With the game out of reach and the season sputtering to a finish, Watkins Mill High School girls basketball coach Donita Adams made sure every girl played in the team's first region final appearance. But Adams left Je'Nan Hayes sitting on the bench. She had no choice.

"I didn't even want to look down at Je'Nan in that moment," Adams said. "I had not yet told her that she wasn't allowed to play in the game because of her headscarf."

The game was at Oxon Hill High in Prince George's County on March 3. Hayes, a junior in her first season playing organized basketball, was not allowed to play because she wears a hijab as part of her Muslim faith. Before the...

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