T.C. Williams guard Rejoice Spivey didn’t make a customary New Year’s resolution on January 1st last week, because that day she received her first scholarship offer from North Carolina A&T. It was a breakthrough in the junior guard’s recruitment, surely, a moment that left her not wanting to wish any change about the day or the year ahead.
“It was kind of perfect timing too. Everybody was happy and stuff. Wanted to start the new year off right,” Spivey said. “It was surprising, too.”
The 5-foot-8 Spivey began garnering interest last winter after a breakout sophomore campaign in which she averaged a team-high 15.8 points per game, and the offer represents the continued development of her game. She entered this season as one of the the area’s best juniors, a player who had added strength and an increased confidence in her court vision during the offseason. The most notable change in Spivey’s game, she said, has been in communicating with her teammates.
“I’ve been more of a leader this year…how I handle situations, how I talk to my teammates, how I interact,” Spivey said. “My teammate may make a mistake, and instead me yelling at them, I just wait until a couple plays later, and I just talk to them and tell them what they can do differently.”
The Titans (5-5) picked up their best win of the season with a 54-52 upset of Charlotte powerhouse Providence Day at the Carolina Invitational in Charleston on December 27, which could end up being a turning point in their season. A year after she scored 20 or more points in eight different games (including a 29-points against W.T. Woodson in the Patriot District Championship game) Spivey has continued to be offensively productive — she had 15 points in a win over Wakefield in December, followed by a 12-point performance in a 54-53 loss to West Springfield.
Although Spivey has been in contact with North Carolina A&T’s assistants recently, she said the offer still comes as a surprise. The school’s coach, Tarrell Robinson, is in his second-year at the helm and has led the Aggies to a 9-2 start. Spivey, who is also getting interest from Georgetown and North Carolina State, is planning multiple trips to the school this year, including a trip to see a game in February.
“I know alot of people who have gone to A&T. Everyone says its a great experience,” Spivey said. “So I’m looking forward to checking it out.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 13
The number of blocks posted by Bullis against Potomac School this weekend in a 61-41 win at the IAC/MAC Challenge.
–In the first meeting between Damascus and Paint Branch since 2009, the Swarmin’ Hornets received stellar performances from Kelli Prange and Lauren Green in a huge win over a Montgomery County power.
– Theodore Roosevelt had to dig deep Saturday against Clinton Christian, rallying for an inspired win behind the clutch play of Anthony Whitney.
–In a showdown of unbeaten hockey teams, Wootton got the best of Churchill for the first time since 2011 – and did it in dominant fashion.
–Edison’s Jenell Grier-Spratley put on a show this weekend at the Southern Maryland Indoor Track Classic, leaping to a meet record.
PHOTOS FROM THE WEEKEND
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
BOYS BASKETBALL: WISE AT ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, 7:15 p.m.
Led by center Michah Till (15.4 ppg), Wise (4-2) looks to snap a two-game losing streak against the rival Raiders (6-1), who are coming off a 61-59 win over Atholton on December 27. Eleanor Roosevelt’s Andre Fox scored 26 points in the win, and is averaging 22 points per game.