The Scottsboro 10U girls basketball team just missed its goal of a state championship, but coach Shane Small said the loss didn’t dampen what the team achieved this season.

“Final record of 36-6, play in the [state] finals,” Small said. “I’ll take that everyday. Very proud of the girls.”

Scottsboro lost to Homewood 18-15 in the championship game Sunday afternoon after posting convincing wins over Vestavia and Limestone County in the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association state tournament over the weekend in Trussville.

It was Scottsboro’s second straight state tournament appearance. The team reached the semifinal round of the 9U state tournament a year ago.

Scottsboro opened the 10U state tournament with a 27-13 quarterfinal round win over Vestavia. Scottsboro led 7-2, 12-5 and 22-5 at the quarter breaks.

Carolina Dawson led Scottsboro with eight points while Tess Griggs and Izzy Nelson had five each, Grace White had four, Mia Martin and Abigail Shelton two each and Taylor Bell one.

Scottsboro then defeated Limestone County 39-11. It stormed in front 10-0 after one quarter and led 18-2 at halftime and 29-4 after three quarters. Scottsboro got nine points from Martin, eight from Ella White, four each from Dawson, Lydia Bell and Tatum Shelton and two each from Griggs and Grace White.

“Those two games, the girls played well,” Small said. “In every facet, they excelled in,” Small said.

In the championship game, Scottsboro led 7-4 at halftime but Homewood moved in front 11-9 after three quarters before holding off Scottsboro in the fourth. Dawson scored eight points for Scottsboro while Tatum Shelton scored three and Taylor Bell and Lydia Bell had two each.

“Homewood was just about a mirror image of us, had quickness and good, skilled players,” Small said. “We just couldn’t get any shots to fall.” 

The team will soon get back to work as it prepares to compete in spring and summertime tournaments.

“We’ll close this book and start another,” Small said. “These girls just love basketball.”

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