BIRMINGHAM — Taylor Terry doesn't need a state championship to cement her legacy as a member of the Holly Pond girls basketball team.
The senior would've loved to win one on Saturday versus Lauderdale County, but her mark was made on the Bronco program far before the Green and White made any trips to Birmingham.
The heart, the drive and the determination Terry poured into being the best possible basketball player, teammate, friend and sister were clear for all to see at the BJCC on Saturday. As the realization set in that she had played in her last competitive game for the school and city she loves with all her might, the tears were just too much for Terry to hold in — and coach Scott Adams could understand exactly why.
“She loves this team. She loves basketball. She loves the experience,” he said. “I'm 46 years old, and I can remember distinctly my last basketball game I ever played. I still remember Winfield and that dressing room. It stays with you. It's an important thing in your life. When you put so much into it, it's tough to let go.”
Terry didn't exit the court without first adding one last accolade to an assuredly packed rèsumè. The senior post player racked up eight points in the fourth quarter en route to a team-high 15-point total, while also contributing four steals, four rebounds and two blocks to earn All-State Tournament Tournament Team recognition.
The honor was nothing new to a competitor like Terry, who was named this year's Class 3A Northeast Regional Tournament MVP just one weekend before. She'll be etched in Holly Pond's history books as a 1,000-point score, one of the school's best-ever rebounders and as the back-to-back MVP and champion of the Cullman County Volleyball Tournament (2011-12).