Jayla Scott wanted to be like her big sister Jazmine, so she picked up a racquet.
Scott started playing tennis when she was 7 years old, and all the work culminated to a signing, as the Richmond Academy girls tennis player signed with North Carolina A&T State on Thursday.
Richmond Academy girls soccer player Danielle Danforth also signed on Thursday, with USC Salkehatchie.
Scott was the No. 3 singles player for the Lady Musketeers this past season, helping them advance to the GHSA Class AAA state semifinals.
“It was really fun,” Scott said. “I played all four years, and this was the first time we’ve made it to the semis. Even though we lost, everyone played really hard.”
In soccer, Richmond Academy keeper Danforth inked her future.
The goalie hadn’t played soccer before she arrived at Richmond Academy.
But Danforth, who has played basketball all her life, wanted to use her affinity for catching and her strong reflexes in another sport.
Since then, Danforth has been strong in goal, leading her team to dominance over local schools and a second round appearance in the state tournament when she a junior.
“It’s been a good ride and experience,” Danforth said.