Central’s Scott signs to play basketball at Concord
WOODSTOCK – Following a stellar four years at Central High School, senior Tamra Scott will continue her basketball career at the collegiate level.
Scott, the Falcons’ second all-time leading scorer, made her college destination official Wednesday morning by signing her letter of intent to play basketball for NCAA Division II Concord University. Scott was joined at the brief ceremony conducted in the school’s library by classmate Kylie Stottlemyer, who signed to play softball at Division III Mary Baldwin University.
“I chose Concord because compared to all the other schools I visited I felt more at home there,” Scott said of the school located in Athens, West Virginia. “I love the environment, the campus, the coaches, the players on the team, so I was really excited when I got an offer from them and that just helped boost my decision even more. I was really excited and it just made the choice even easier.”
Scott, a second team Virginia High School League Group 2A all-state selection, who averaged 13.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game as a senior this past season, finished her high school career with 1,284 points. Bryan Scott, Tamra’s father and Central’s head girls basketball coach, said he believes his daughter’s 984 career rebounds are the most in school history.
Scott said she received her only scholarship offer from Concord, which also was the only Division II program to show significant interest, although she added that she didn’t base her decision on either of those two factors.
“I didn’t really care about the division or scholarship money at all. Playing college basketball has been a dream of mine so I’m glad that everything worked out. Concord, I knew when I went there for the first time on a visit that’s where I wanted to play,” said Scott, who plans to major in sociology with a minor in criminal justice.
“I didn’t really pick for the coaches or the team, I picked for me,” she added.
It helped Concord’s cause, Scott said, that the Mountain Lions’ coaching staff seemed undeterred by the torn ACL she suffered last May. Scott said her first interactions with Concord’s staff came in August as she was still recovering from knee surgery.
“It was (frustrating) because when colleges hear about that,” Scott said of her knee injury, “some of them are just like all right, we’re just gonna move on to the next person. … But Concord stuck with me and that’s what helped me choose that school, because they knew that I tore my ACL and that I’m not 100 percent yet still but they still want me to come play for them. So that to me was awesome knowing that.”
Concord, which competes in the Mountain East Conference, went 7-21 this past season, the 16th under head coach Kenny Osborne.
Stottlemyer, a four-year member of Central’s varsity softball team, is planning for a busy college future at Mary Baldwin University, located in Staunton. Not only does the senior plan to play softball for the Fighting Squirrels, but she will also join the school’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program while studying forensic criminology and pathology.
“I’m beyond excited. I think this is a huge step for me and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store,” said Stottlemyer, who joined the Junior ROTC at nearby Massanutten Military Academy last year through a partnership between MMA and Central.
Stottlemyer, who said she will likely play catcher for the Squirrels next spring, is batting .286 (4-for-14) with a triple and three RBIs through Central’s first eight games this season.
“I’ve always planned to play in college,” she said. “As a little girl me and (former Central pitcher and George Mason University freshman Bekah Ansbro) … would go and be bat girls at JMU, and that was always one of our biggest goals in life. It ended up and God took me to where I am now and I’m proud say I will be pursuing my goals that I had.”
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