In November, South Lakes forward Abigail Rendle signed her National Letter-of-Intent to attend William & Mary where she will be joined by Centreville guard Jenna Green and Bullis post player Ashley DeLeonibus.
The four-year varsity letter-winner leads the Seahawks in scoring at 12.7 points per game, and the team is off to its best start since 2008. Thursday, No. 6 South Lakes (7-0) heads down to Hampton to play in the loaded Ronald Curry and Boo Williams Christmas Classic. The Seahawks open play against St. Francis Academy (Md.), and a win Thursday could set up a possible matchup against the 2013 Virginia Class AAA champions Lake Taylor in Friday’s semifinal.
Recruiting Insider chatted with Rendle about her commitment and the Seahawks’ impressive start to 2013-14.
Recruiting Insider: Your team made it to the AAA quarterfinals last season, but fell just one win short of playing in the state semifinals at VCU’s Siegel Center. What were some of the team’s goal this season?
Abigail Rendle: My sophomore year we lost in the district final and last season we lost in the regional final. I think a goal for everybody is to cut down the nets this season. We have so many seniors, so we’re trying to win that championship down the road.
RI: With four years of varsity play ,where have you seen the most growth in your game?
AR: I’ve improved as an overall player. As a freshman, I kind of just stood on the block and stuck to that. I’ve been able to move more outside the key and play in areas and not just staying on the block.
RI: Why are you headed to William & Mary?
AR: They had a combination of every aspect of college that I was looking for. I wanted to play Division I basketball but I also wanted a good academic school — they have both. The campus is beautiful. When I went on my official visit, everyone was really nice to me and the coaches are amazing. It’s just a great all-around school.
RI: What other schools were on your list?
AR: Tulane, Richmond, Boston University, East Carolina and Providence.
RI: What set William & Mary apart from those other schools?
AR: The academics were a big thing for me. And it’s also close to home.
RI: Do you know the other two area recruits that are joining you, Green and DeLeonibus?
AR: I’ve played AAU basketball with Jenna for three years with Western Fairfax Mustangs. I think it’s helpful because we will already have the chemistry to help us both adjust to the college level. I played against DeLeonibus a couple times.
RI: South Lakes is 7-0 for the first time since 2008. What do you have to do to keep this up?
AR: With us, we have such great chemistry, a lot of us have been playing together for such a long time. Every single season our chemistry is stronger and we’re better because of it. The newcomers are playing really well, too. I think our chemistry is sparking our season.
RI: What’s it been like playing for former South Lakes and University of Maryland standout Coach Christy Winters-Scott?
AR: She’s great. Especially for me, because she played my position at South Lakes and when she was at the University of Maryland. She gave me a lot of insight in college and recruiting that helped me out a lot. She knows so much about the game, so it’s great to hear all her knowledge.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 5
The number of girls’ basketball teams in The Post top 20 that will be in action as several holiday tournament tip-off today. Here is the full slate of girls’ games today. And here’s the boys’s schedule.
– The No. 1 Paul VI boys’ basketball team fell in the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. to the nation’s No. 1 team, Montverde Academy (Fla.), after the title game was moved to a new location during the game story.
–vFormer Maryland public and private school football stars Taiwan Deal and Mark Allen (DeMatha), Jerome Dews (Potomac, Md.) and Rahman Lee (Forestville) used the holidays to give back to families in the District.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Meet Bullis’s 6-foot-10, Rec Spec-sporting forward Andre Walker, who grown into his frame to become a Hofstra commit.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Two Virginia girls’ basketball teams that have gotten off to fast starts this season, Battlefield (7-1) and McLean (6-0), face each other in the quarterfinals of the Pohanka Chantilly Classic at 3:45 p.m.