WINNSBORO — Richard Winn point guard Carson Justice will trade in her blue and gold uniform next fall for the scarlet and gray of the Newberry College Wolves. Justice signed Thursday with the liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
She said then that she looks forward to her final season at Richard Winn which tips off Tuesday afternoon. Last season she helped lead the Eagles to the AA SCISA State Championship. Many of the players return from that team and she said as a college prospect she needs to step up and be a consistent leader for her teammates.
“It’s been hard to prepare without having a take it for granted mentality after we won it all last season, but coach reminds us to be leaders by our actions and words on and off the court,” she said. Justice said her final year feels bittersweet at times because she loves RWA and it is home. Even so, she is excited by the challenge college ball holds for her and by the opportunity to experience new things in life.
She credits her coach for helping develop her into a college prospect.
“Without Coach Halt I would be be able to go this far (in basketball) and he also has introduced me to the Gospel,” she said.
In addition to being head girls basketball coach, Coach Jason Haltiwanger is a major proponent of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at RWA. His team devotions led to spiritual growth in himself and his players, including Carson whose faith story was profiled in Reach Out Columbia Magazine this fall.
Haltiwanger, who played collegiately at Newberry College, is excited that his first college signee is attended his alma mater.
“This is the first player I have had to make it to the college level and it’s been a pleasure to coach her for six years,” he said. “It’s so rewarding to see her take her God given talent and devote her passion to get a degree out of it.”
While at Newberry, Justice plans to study elementary education with a concentration in special education.
RWA Head of School Dr. Nancy Coleman said, “we are proud of what Carson accomplished and look forward to following her as she enters college. I know through her actions on the court and in the classroom that she will represent Richard Winn, this community and herself well. We believe she has the ability to accomplish great things in the future.”