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March 2, 2013

FINAL 48: Broncos' dream season closes with state runner-up finish (WITH PHOTO GALLERY)

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BIRMINGHAM —

"What can you do?" Adams said of Wallen. "We had to play one-on-one the whole game. We couldn't help off because it would just end up being a layup for them. With her and Chatara Cox, it's almost impossible to defend them."

The Tigers took advantage of Holly Pond's poor shooting in the third quarter, using 3-point baskets — one from Ivy Wallen and two from Haley Avery — to extend their cushion to 22 heading into the final eight minutes.

"We just couldn't get a shot to fall in that third quarter," Adams said.

The Broncos fought hard to the very end with Taylor Terry pouring in eight fourth-quarter pointers, but they could only cut the deficit to 15.

"I'm so proud of our will and our determination," Adams said. "We got down, but I knew our team was going to make them play a full game."

Taylor finished with 15 points to lead her team, while Finley netted 10. Terry and Meg Gambrill, seven points, were named to the All-State Tournament Team.  Natasha Holcombe chipped in with six points, and Taylor Rowell was good for three.

Gambrill said she was extremely proud to be associated with her team and with Holly Pond.

"It's amazing really," she said. "I wouldn't want to be with anybody else but this school. The journey up here was amazing. The memories created were amazing. All in all, it's just a game. There's more important things. It's amazing to be with this team and have this experience that not very many get to have."

Adams echoed Gambrill's sentiments about his town.

"Even if it means losing, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else," he said. "It's been an incredible two weeks. I love Holly Pond, and I love the community."

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