Girls Basketball Coach of the Year: First year a big success for Bryan Scott as Falcons’ coach

Bryan Scott -- Girls Basketball Coach Central High School Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK –Bryan Scott had high expectations for Central’s girls basketball team this season, and the first-year coach was pleased with the results.

The Falcons went 21-4, were co-Bull Run District champions and put together a 14-game winning streak. Even though it came to an end one win short of a state berth, he was very proud of his team.

“I look back and I smile — I’m happy,” Scott said of the season.

Scott said that he knew when he took the job in the fall that the team would have a chance at being good.

He said he had coached most of the players before, having been the middle school coach for a few years, and that helped.

“I knew I had something special,” Scott said. “When you go 17-8 (last year) and you don’t lose any seniors you pretty much know you might have a decent team coming back next year. That was definitely a big plus for me.”

One thing Scott wanted to do was to put a real emphasis on defense. The Falcons liked to use a strong defense and rebounding to get out and run and take advantage of their speed.

Scott’s daughter, Tamra Scott, a junior on this year’s team, said defense and conditioning were two things the team really focused on this season.

“He is a defensive man. So that’s what we did in practice every day,” Tamra Scott said. “I think that definitely helped us because it’s hard to beat a team that has a great defense. So I think that’s what contributed to our winning record, and we definitely conditioned a lot so we were in shape to run. I think those two things that he contributed to us really helped us.”

The Falcons started off wining their first five games, before suffering a loss to George Mason. Central then won 14 games in a row before a regular-season ending loss to William Monroe.

Bryan Scott said that he thought two of the biggest wins of the season were road victories over George Mason and William Monroe during that 14-game winning streak.

The Falcons had a balanced attack led by Tamra Scott, sophomore Ayanna Strother and the three seniors — Cianne Fields, Meredith Phillips and Brooklyn Pumphrey.

Bryan Scott said that when the Falcons played as a team they were fun to watch.

“Me and my coaching staff we would always tell them that at halftime when you make that extra pass or you compliment one another it was always good to see,” Bryan Scott said. “With this group of girls they finally started to believe in themselves, believing in what we as coaches were trying to teach them. It made our jobs easy.”

Bryan Scott said the coaching staff fit together nicely. The coaches — Lauren Taylor, Caline Rexrode and Rebecca Mauck — were all hired about the same time and late in the process, which made things a little bit more difficult.

“I couldn’t ask for a better staff,” Bryan Scott said. “We kind of learned on the fly a little bit, but we all came together. We had one common goal to be successful and I’m pretty sure that’s what we ended up being — pretty successful.”

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