Carley Bell waited nine weeks to get back to be able to help her team.
With 11 seconds left, she made her biggest contribution yet.
The Auburn-Montgomery commit sank the game-winning 3-pointer as Scottsboro edged Madison County 48-47 Thursday night at Hambrick Hall.
Bell, who had missed time because of a foot injury, scored a game-high 13 points after coming off the bench early in the first quarter.
“I was really rusty, not going to lie,” Bell said. “I was so excited before the game. I’ve really missed playing with my teammates. I’m proud of our team’s fight and that we pulled it out.”
Bell led a balanced scoring attack for the Wildcats. Madison Holland netted eight points and Audrey Holland pitched in seven for Scottsboro while Annalynn Buckner had five and Olivia Tubbs four.
Scottsboro (1-3) trailed by as many as 11 points before rallying to win.
“It should be a good confidence booster for us,” said Scottsboro head coach Brandon Childers. “(Madison County) went on that run on us in the second quarter and we could’ve quit, (but) we didn’t drop our heads, we just kept battling. That’s what a young team has to do. Kids played hard, didn’t quit and we got some big baskets at the end.”
Scottsboro led 11-6 after one quarter, but Madison County (0-2) outscored the Wildcats 13-0 over the first 4:49 of the second quarter to take the lead. The Tigers were in front 29-21 at halftime and led 34-23 with 6:01 left in the second quarter. But Scottsboro followed with a 14-0 run over the next 3:47 to erase the deficit. Madison County eventually stretched its lead back to 46-40 midway through the second quarter, but the Tigers were outscored 8-1 over the final 3:46. Buckets from Madison Holland and Buckner and Daylee Dudley’s free throw pulled Scottsboro within 47-45 with 1:31 remaining. Following a Madison County turnover, Scottsboro missed inside, but Maggie Armstrong got the rebound and found Bell on the left wing for the go-ahead trey.
After a timeout, Carin Wright, who led the Tigers with 22 points, drew a foul on Scottsboro with 2.6 seconds left. But she missed the front end of the 1-and-1 free-throw opportunity, and Armstrong pulled down the rebound to secure the win for the Wildcats.