2016 Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Central’s Tamra Scott dominated games

Central's Tamra Scott goes up for layup in the Jan. 15 game against Strasburg. Scott is the Daily's girls basketball player of the year. Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK — Some players can dominate a game by scoring a lot of points, some do it by doing some of the little things such as rebounding. This season Central’s Tamra Scott was able to dominate games by doing both.

Scott averaged a double-double and had several games of 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds.

“It’s definitely a goal of mine to average that many rebounds a game, and just before every game I tell myself I’m going to get every rebound because that’s my role on the team,” Scott said.

Scott said that it definitely helped that she played volleyball this season. It helped her with her jumping, allowing her to get even more rebounds.

Scott averaged an area-best 16.6 points and 11.8 rebounds per contest this season.

Her coach and father Bryan Scott said that one of the games that stood out to him this season for Tamra was against Stonewall Jackson on Dec. 8. Tamra Scott finished the game with 22 points and 15 rebounds. She had six rebounds in the first four minutes of the game, and scored the first 12 points of the game.

“I think she scored our first 12 points and most of them came off of offensive rebounds,” Bryan Scott said. “I can just remember her grabbing like the first six or eight rebounds off the board and putting them back in. I’m thinking ‘wow this is really good to watch, not only as a coach, but as a dad. It’s awesome to watch.'”

Another thing Tamra Scott really improved on was her ball-handling skills, which showed as she was able to take many of her rebounds and bring the ball all the way up the court.

Bryan Scott wanted his team to push the ball up the floor quickly as much as possible and trusted his post players to handle the ball and it worked throughout the season.

Tamra Scott also finished with 1.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game.

“Even when she played for me at middle school she was always a decent ball handler, so we just continued to work on it this past season, and I think she still needs to work on it,” Bryan Scott said. “I think she kind of surprised people because she’s left handed, and she can dribble the ball with both hands and that was a big added plus.”

Both Scotts said that her best game this season was probably her last one. Tamra Scott had 22 points and 20 rebounds in a 64-51 loss to Greensville County in the Region 2A East quarterfinals.

Tamra Scott said she tries to step it up in big games like the one against Greensville.

“Especially in close games like that I try to step up and become a leader and pump our girls up like ‘we can actually win this. We can finish this,'” Tamra Scott said. “I try my best to step it up in close games and big games that I know that are not going to really flow our way sometimes, but I try to pump our girls up as much as I can to be a leader.”

Bryan Scott said he was proud of how his daughter provided some leadership for the team along with the three seniors.

The Falcons went 21-4, were the co-Bull Run District champions and had a 14-game winning streak during the regular season.

Tamra Scott was part of the team two years ago that advanced to the Group 3A state semifinals, and she said the goal was to get back to states. Even though they didn’t reach that goal she said she was very proud of what the team accomplished this season.

“This season has definitely been one of the best even if we didn’t make it as far as we did my freshman year. We accomplished a lot of things that people said we couldn’t do. So I’m proud of that,” Tamra Scott said. “…We accomplished things as a team that we set as goals at the beginning. We all got along. It was great team work on and off the court. We were a family. We weren’t even a team, we were a family.”

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