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March 2, 2013

FINAL 48: Terry leaves remarkable legacy with Green and White

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BIRMINGHAM —

“This girl right here is going to go down as one of the most decorated athletes in Holly Pond school history,” Adams said of Terry. “We're really going to miss her.”

Adams can still recall seeing Terry for the first time at a basketball camp he conducted when she was still in elementary school. Taylor, just a “cute little girl” he could already tell “had a little bit of talent,” attended the clinic with her sister, Haley, who eventually made a Final 48 appearance of her own with the Broncos in 2010. Now that both Terry's have passed through the program, Adams admitted he will not only miss the girls, but their family as well.

“It's an emotional time for her parents, too, because they have been so supportive of them both and pushed them so hard,” he said.

Taylor Terry was called up to the Green and White junior varsity squad as an eighth-grader and made the leap to the varsity level in the 10th grade when Alisha Keller, a former regional MVP, chose not to return for her final two seasons.

“Taylor had to step in and fill her shoes,” Adams said. “But I think it made Taylor the player to get us where we are now. The Keller girl just missed out.”

While Adams and Holly Pond athletics as a whole will miss Terry, it's Terry who will miss her coach, teams and friends she has come to know because of the sports she's played as a Bronco.

“We're just going to miss playing with each other, especially the seniors,” said an emotional Terry, pausing to collect herself. “We're going to miss our sisters because we're not just a team, we're sisters. We're family. That's probably what I'm going to miss the most.

“I knew it would be my last game played. It was the best way possible to go out in the season with this group of girls and my great coaches. I wouldn't want to spend it any other way.”

% Rob Ketcham can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 257 or at robk@cullmantimes.com.

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