Girls’ basketball: Tykera Carter, T.C. Williams eager for rematch with West Springfield


T.C. Williams’ Grace Peterson, left, grabs a rebound over Maura D'Anna during a 54-53 loss at West Springfield on Dec. 13. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
January 27

After averaging eight points per game at Riverdale Baptist, Tykera Carter hoped her move to T.C. Williams would give her a bigger offensive role.

And with the No. 17 Titans (11-5, 5-1) in need of a third guard, Carter has taken full advantage of the fresh start, leading the team in scoring at 17.1 points per game. She poured in a career-high 29 points Saturday in a Conference 13 win over West Potomac.

But Carter said she hasn’t forgotten the one-point loss at West Springfield on Dec. 13, when she scored a season-low seven points. It was one of only two games in which she’s scored less than 10 points.

“I’m very pumped up, and I’ve been thinking about this game. The date has been saved in my head,” Carter said. “I’m ready to go and prove that was an earlier game, and we have come together since then.”

Tuesday, the Titans will host No. 8 West Springfield (15-0, 6-0). The Spartans have won 10 of the last 12 matchups between the rivals.

The Titans are on a seven-game winning streak and will attempt to give one of the area’s last two undefeated teams their first loss.

“We’re not the same team as the beginning of the season,” Titans Coach Kesha Walton said. “Chemistry is a lot better now, and I think we’re gelling more and we’re improving as well.”

Murphee thriving after move back to point guard

After three years as the lead guard in the Fairfax offense, senior Kylie Murphee was tasked with playing more off the ball because she is likely to play two guard when she arrives at the University of Richmond next fall.

But the move saw Murphee’s scoring numbers decline to 9.6 points per game, even as the Rebels began the season 8-1.

Coach Marcus Konde elected to move Murphee back to her more natural point guard position in early January. She has scored in double figures in four consecutive games and scored more than 20 points for the first time this season with a game-high 23 points Saturday in a 72-65 loss to Madison.

At this point last season, Murphee had eclipsed the 20-point plateau three times and finished the year at 14.1 points per game.

“In the beginning of the season my outside shot wasn’t falling and that forced me to take the ball to basket,” Murphee said. “Once my layups started to drop, that helped me a ton.”

Richmond loves the 5-foot-10 guard’s ability to stuff the stat sheet and the pressure she puts on the ball defensively. Murphee is averaging five rebounds and four steals this season.

“She seems to get her hands on everything,” Konde said. “She’s very athletic and dynamic and will be a part of a talented group of freshmen at Richmond.”

Fairfax (10-5, 0-1) has dropped four of its last seven games, including a 55-41 loss to Conference 6 opponent South Lakes on Jan. 8 that saw Murphee score just two points. Murphee and the Rebels will get a second shot at the No. 6 Seahawks on Friday.

“I’m excited for this game. I think it’s going to be really good,” Murphee said. “They’re one of the top teams, but I think we know them better now.”

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