The Spotswood girls basketball team beat Broadway 56-49 Thursday at the Siegel Center in Richmond to win the VHSL 3A state championship.
The state title is the second in a row for the Lady Blazers, and the third in program history.
Senior Tayler Dodson scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds for Spotswood.
She injured her ankle early in the 4th quarter, and played the final 4:30 with an obvious limp.
Dodson says, "It hurt when I first rolled it, but I thought I could walk it off, so I tried, but it wasn't getting any better. It still hurts, but there's really not too much you can do about it."
"I knew she would crawl out there, if she had to, to play," says head coach Chris Dodson. "She's a tough nut. I knew she'd be back."
Senior Elizabeth Dofflemyer adds, "We knew she was strong, and we knew she'd want to be back in the game, and not sit on the bench. She would definitely want to play in her last high school game, no matter what."
Dodson says the injury even had an impact on the Blazers postgame celebration.
"I knew that I wasn't going to be able to celebrate as much as I did last year, because I wasn't mobile," says Dodson. "I told everybody when there was 12 seconds left on the clock, 'You guys come to me. When the horn goes off, come to me.' Elizabeth had the ball out of bounds with four seconds left. I told her to through me the ball. You want it in your hands when that horn goes off. There's nothing better than going off like that."
Dofflemyer led the Lady Blazers with 19 points, and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line over the final 2:13.
Coach Dodson says, "Our slogan all year on the back of our practice jersey's has been, 'Keep calm, and win again.' I think it's a sign of maturity with this group that we did stay calm throughout. We didn't let things frustrate us. We just kept playing the game."
The Lady Blazers beat the Lady Gobblers five times this season, and finish the season with a record of 27-1.
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