Spotswood Girls Win State Championship; Blazers Boys Fall
The Spotswood girls basketball team beat Brunswick 66-51 Saturday in Richmond to win the AA Division 3 state championship, while the Blazer boys lost 56-31 against the Bulldogs.
The state title is the second in Lady Blazers program history, as they won their first championship in 2005.
The victory ends a run of near-misses for the Spotswood seniors, who lost in the VHSL title game in 2010, and in the semifinals in both 2011 and 2012.
Senior Bailey Williams scored a game-high 21 points, while adding nine rebounds and five assists.
"It feels great," says Williams. "I was really nervous for this game, and I knew either way I was going to cry and be emotional. It's kind of hard either way, because either way I'm not going to play with them the rest of my life. This is a great team, and it feels a lot better to win than to lose."
"Bailey's been a special part of the program. She's the leading scorer in school history. She holds 8,000 records for us. For her to be able to go out on top as a champion means so much."
Junior Tayler Dodson scored 14 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and dished out five assists for the Lady Blazers.
Spotswood finishes the season with a record of 29-1.
Head coach Chris Dodson says, "This is a community win. In two days, it's us and East Rock winning state championships. We're all from one AAU program. People forget we used to be one school. So many people that go into this, great coaches, great parents, and most of all great kids."
In the boys state championship game, Brunswick jumped out to a 15-5 lead against Spotswood, and never trailed by less than 10 points the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs have won three-straight state championships.
Brunswick head coach Bryant Coach Stith says, "These kids felt the pressure. They bend, but they never did break. It was a testament to how well they played defensively these last three games."
Spotswood head coach Chad Edwards says, "They deserve to win. It's a credit to their defense. Our team this year is the highest scoring team in the history of our school, and we scored 31 points tonight. We've scored more than that in a quarter, but I could not be more proud of my team."
UVA commitment junior B.J. Stith scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the Bulldogs, while ECU signee and Bulldog senior Brandan Stith added 15 points.
Brandan Stith says, "We always go back and forth with dad. We say, 'We have more rings than you,' and dad will say 'You wouldn't have your rings if I wasn't your coach.'
Tucker McCoy led the Blazers with 11 points.
Spotswood won its only boys VHSL state title in 1993.
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