Basketball standout Jaid White has had a great time attending Washington & Lee High School (W&L); but considering a return to her hometown of Colonial Beach was a difficult decision after learning that all of her W&L teammates from a season ago would not be returning this season.
Since starting her freshman year at W&L, White said she has grown and now is leading a young and inexperienced group of basketball players.
“It’s been a character building experience for me,” said White. “I hate losing. I admit it, but just knowing that I can help these girls try to become better as a team and individuals is really great.”
“It’s been hard, but I think it’s going to be worth it in the end knowing that I can help with the team,” White added.
Now a senior at W&L, White is the only returning starter from last year after a number of her former teammates graduated and transferred out of the area.
“Everybody thought I wasn’t going to play just because I didn’t have my team from last year. I’m not going to go somewhere else just because the team is young,” White said. “We’re great and we’re going to be great.”
Remaining at W&L and playing with the Lady Eagles was about her pride and a challenge, White said, adding that she still misses her hometown. But the people she has met and things she has done in the last three school years impacted her decision to stay.
“Coming to W&L changed me and I grew up here. I learned a lot,” White said, adding that she didn’t join the team until her sophomore season. This came after former teammate and graduate Sade Tate encouraged her to join. A year later, coach Kelsey Farmer joined them.
“If I didn’t have her come back, it would have been a lot of work lost for me by losing my investment in her,” said Farmer. “She is an outstanding girl and any program would be lucky to have her.”
White said she thinks a lot about her coach as they enter their second season together. She even consulted her coach when it came to the challenge of leading the team.
“I thought I was going to have to come in and be a ball hog,” White said. “I’m just glad that the girls want to be involved and want to get better. I’m not going to take that away from them.”
White said she hopes to leave an imprint on the program when she finishes her final season at W&L. Much like her father, Lamont White, he remains one of the top scoring leaders at Colonial Beach High School with 2,226 points.
She said it was an inspiration to reach his milestone. Last week she reached her career high scoring of 27 points against King & Queen this season.
White said she would like to continue playing basketball after high school and attending college.
“This season brought back the passion I have for basketball,” White said. “The drive to push these girls, show everybody else what we can do and prove them wrong that’s where really my heart is right now.”