Girls’ basketball: T.C. Williams looks for consistency amid difficult early schedule


Grace Peterson (25) and T.C. Williams are still trying to find their form this winter. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
January 6, 2014

With the addition of Riverdale Baptist transfer Tykera Carter and much of their core returning from last season’s Patriot District championship team, T.C. Williams had reason to be excited for the 2013-14 season.

But through 10 games, the Titans are a pedestrian 5-5 and still learning how to play winning basketball consistently.

At the Carolina Invitational they faced nationally-ranked Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.) with ESPN’s seventh-ranked recruit, Jatari White.

Junior Rejoice Spivey scored 22 points, grabbed three rebounds and picked up three steals to lead the Titans to a 54-52 win in a thriller.

The following day they dropped a game to Virginia’s Salem High, a game Coach Kesha Walton felt the Titans should have won.

The top plays from the weekend of high school basketball in the D.C. area. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

“We have to be a consistent team and show up,” Walton said. “We beat a team that’s ranked in the country and get beat by a team of lesser talent. We have to show up the same every game no matter who we’re playing.”

The Titans have played a tough schedule facing two teams that are ranked in The Post Top 20. They will face their third Saturday when they visit No. 17 North Point (8-0).

“As long as we’re still standing [in the postseason] we’re happy,” Walton said of the decision to schedule tough non-conference games. “Other coaches take a different approach, but to be the best you have to play the best.”

Spivey and Carter are gelling well in the backcourt and both can handle the ball as the lead guard. Carter’s presence takes some ball handling responsibilities off of Spivey, who can now roam more on the offensive end.

Spivey’s play landed her an offer from North Carolina A&T last week, her first.

“Before high school I played two-guard, so it’s not a big transition,” Spivey said. “It’s more of my natural position, but as a two, I have to look to score and be aggressive.”

Born in Alexandria, Carter has excelled in her first year under Walton, leading the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game. As she’s done many times in the past, Walton is forcing Carter to bring everything she has to the game.

“She’s been teaching me to keep my work ethic up and teaching me a lot in how to play at both guard spots,” Carter said.

T.C. Williams doesn’t lack for talent with four girls averaging double figures: Spivey (10.8), guard Angie Schedler (13.0) and forward Grace Peterson (10.5).

Schelder is a sniper from long range and with athleticism to spare, Peterson cleans the boards for T.C. Williams. When all four are clicking, they are tough to beat.

The Titans feel that playing a tough schedule early will have them battle tested when it comes to time for the postseason or “February Madness” as Walton likes to call it.

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