Fatigued and dehydrated with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s tightly-contested game at North Point, T.C. Williams guard Tykera Carter asked the bench for some water. It was the third game in as many nights for the standout senior and the most important in the unusually busy stretch for the Titans.
Saturday, they faced a No. 17 North Point team that hadn’t lost a game since March 8, 2012 and was riding a 36-game winning streak. The Eagles won the Maryland 4A title a year ago and despite several key graduations, have not skipped a beat this season.
With breaking the streak on her mind, Carter poured in a career-high 26 points as the Titans took down the Eagles, 75-71, in Waldorf.
“The most important thing for me was to win, so if scoring is what I had to do, I was going to do it,” Carter said. “I had to put it all on the line for my team.”
The Titans (8-5) have struggled to find consistent play during the first half of the season, but four players scored in double figures Saturday in a complete team win.
Sharpshooting senior Angie Schedler knocked down all four of her three-pointers in the second half after registering just two points in the first half. Schedler finished with 16 points and swished the final two free throws to put North Point (9-1) away with six seconds left.
“The first half I was off, so I came out in the second half and talked to Tykera,” Schedler said. “She got me encouraged, and I started hitting all of a sudden. It was teamwork.”
The Titans held a slim three-point lead at the half, but after an Eagles 10-0 run they found themselves trailing 45-39 with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter. North Point guard Valencia Vastey scored a team-high 15 points for the Eagles.
Facing a deficit, T.C. Williams began looking inside to Grace Peterson to get easier buckets, and the 6-foot junior scored six of her 16 points in the third quarter. Junior guard Rejoice Spivey chipped in with 13 points.
The Titans took a 53-50 lead into the fourth quarter and would not trail for the rest of the game. The lead swelled to nine points with less than three minutes remaining, but the Eagles were able to cut it to one possession in the final minute.
Walton’s squad shot 7 of 11 in the fourth quarter to subdue the Eagles’ furious rally, and Schedler hit the big free throws in the waning seconds for the team’s first win over a top 20 opponent this season.
“We keep saying ‘New beginning for 2014,’ and knowing [North Point] hadn’t lost a game was really huge for us,” T.C. Williams Coach Kesha Walton said. “The girls wanted to come in with the attitude that if we do it, we are going to do it together.”