Female Athlete of the Week: Scott’s improved game has Central off to fast start

Tamra Scott

WOODSTOCK — One of Tamra Scott’s goals this season was to improve her rebounding, and so far that has worked out perfectly.

The Central junior has had at least 10 rebounds in every game this season.

“I just want every rebound, so I just got to grab it all,” Scott said. “I’ve worked on my boxing out a lot better so that’s helped a lot.”

Scott said that she’s also worked on her jumping, and said that playing volleyball this fall for the first time really helped with her jumping ability as well.

Her rebounding was on full display last week in a 45-31 win over Stonewall Jackson. Scott finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds. She scored the first 12 points of the game, most of which came off of rebounds. She had six rebounds in the first four minutes of the contest.

“I was just trying to grab every rebound I could get and just put it back up. I had a good night I guess,” Scott said. “It’s awesome doing it against a county rival like that. It makes it even better.”

Scott’s effort helped earn her The Northern Virginia Daily’s Female Athlete of the Week for the week of Dec. 7-13.

Last year Scott averaged 13.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. She said a goal this season is to average a double-double.

Scott has only had one game this season in which she did not have a double-double. That one game was against Hampshire where she had eight points.

While she throws on the track team, and played volleyball this season, Scott said basketball has always been her main sport.

The 5-foot-9 center said that she’s played on Amateur Athletic Union teams over the years and that has helped her game.

“I like doing it. I like traveling and everything,” Scott said. “I like playing against teams I’ve never played before.”

As a freshman, Scott averaged 6.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She helped lead the Falcons to the Group 3A state semifinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Spotswood.

In the loss to Spotswood, Scott had a big game leading the team in scoring.

“That was probably my favorite game I ever played, when we made it to the state semifinals,” Scott said. “That game I finally realized that I could actually play basketball.”

Last year the team won 17 games, but lost in the Conference 28 semifinals. The team didn’t have a senior on the roster and Scott said she felt the team didn’t play together as a team.

This season she said things are very different.

One big change is her father, Bryan, who is now the head coach. Tamra said that he has coached on her teams in the past.

“It’s definitely tougher, just because he’s going to be harder on me because I’m his daughter,” Scott said. “He’s coached me before so I’m used to it.”

The Falcons are 5-0 and Tamra Scott said that she loves how the team is playing together.

“This year we’re playing so much more as a team,” Scott said. “…We’re hard to beat, because everybody scores. It’s hard to beat a team where everybody scores. That’s what I love. Nobody’s selfish, nobody’s playing their own game. We all play as a team.”

Bryan Scott said that one thing that’s helped Tamra this season has been the return of senior Meredith Phillips. Last year Phillips did not play basketball, but he said having her in the post with Tamra Scott has helped a lot.

“A lot of teams can’t double and triple team Tamra, because Meredith’s another threat underneath the basket. She can step outside and shoot some jump shots too,” Bryan Scott said. “I think her coming out was a big advantage and I think it’s definitely helped Tamra a lot.”

The Falcons have two big games this week against Bull Run District and Conference 35 rivals George Mason and Clarke County.

Tamra Scott said she thinks the Falcons have a chance to challenge for the district and conference titles.

She said the ultimate goal is to get back to the state tournament.

“(Being in the state tournament)was awesome. I’d like to do it again, but this time bring home a ring,” Tamra Scott said. “So hopefully we’ll do it this year. I think we’re pretty good.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com