Girls’ basketball: Tyreka Carter leads T.C. Williams over West Springfield, 66-55

January 28

As No. 17 T.C. Williams senior Tykera Carter went through her classes Tuesday, she kept replaying the loss to No. 8 West Springfield on Dec. 13, when she scored a season-low seven points.

Anxious to show that the game was just an off night, Carter scorched the rival Spartans on Tuesday for 17 of her game-high 28 points in the first half. Carter scored more than 20 points for the seventh time this season as the Titans rolled to a 66-55 win over previously undefeated West Springfield in Alexandria.

“I just wanted to show that we could do it as a team and that we really did come together after that loss,” Carter said. “Our goal is to remain undefeated in 2014, and now we’re 8-0.”

Titans Coach Kesha Walton neglected to tell Carter than Furman University was in the building to see her and senior Angie Schedler (12 points). Carter’s grandmother was honored prior to the game for breast cancer awareness night.

Carter’s grandmother, and Walton’s mother, are both survivors of breast cancer and have been cancer-free for two years.

“I wanted to play well for her because I knew she was coming out,” Carter said. “I also wanted to do it for my teammates because I know how bad we felt last time we saw [West Springfield.] There was a lot of tears in our locker room.”

Carter surpassed her point total from the Dec. 13 loss early in the second quarter. She hit consecutive threes in the second en route to 13 points in the period.

“She was amazing,” Walton said of the team’s leading scorer. “She’s just a pistol on offense. She gets it going and she gets it done.”

Junior guard Rejoice Spivey (15 points) dished out eight assists for the Titans, whose lead over West Springfield (16-1, 7-1 in Conference 7) swelled to 21 points with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

West Springfield senior Amy Berglund scored a team-high 20 points. The Spartans were without their No. 2 scorer, guard Jasmine Taylor, who missed a fourth straight game for personal reasons.

T.C. Williams (12-5, 6-1) has four games remaining before the conference tournament.

“We’re now the hunted, and everybody is going to try to beat us,” Walton said.

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