Former Greenbrier High School three-sport athlete Snowden Scott will play at least one – and possibly another – in college.
Scott signed last week to play basketball at nearby Volunteer State Community College. She may also join the Lady Pioneers softball team if a roster spot opens later this year.
“Vol State felt right because it’s close to home,” Scott said. “The recruiting process was easy with them, and it felt like a good fit.
“I’m going to try to play softball too. (Vol State) coach (Johnny) Lynn came to a few of my games, and we talk on the phone often. But because of COVID-19, he didn’t really get a recruiting season. Hopefully I’m going to attend some workouts once they start back up.”
Either way, Scott said she is excited to further her basketball career. She celebrated her signing at home with a limited number of coaches, family and friends in attendance for a backyard ceremony.
“My parents were really upset that I couldn’t have a normal (signing day),” she said. “My mom, my dad and a few of my family members set it up at the house. (Vol State) coach (Otis) Key emailed the letter of intent, and I signed it at home and mailed it back.”
Scott’s name has been synonymous with Lady Bobcat sports over the last four years. Besides basketball and softball, she also played volleyball at Greenbrier, making for a nonstop calendar of practices and games.
“Snowden is usually one of the first in the gym and the last one to leave,” Greenbrier basketball coach Brianna Gillen said. “Every time she would come into basketball, I would tell her to take a week, relax and stay home. But you can’t tell her no. She’s there the very next day, and every time she comes back, her speed and energy controls the practice.”
All three sports overlapped during the summer. Some days Scott had volleyball practice in the morning, basketball workouts in the early afternoon and softball lessons in the evening. But she rarely took a day off, relying on coffee and sheer willpower to quickly transition from one sport to the next.
“It wasn’t easy,” she said. “Every sport (requires) a different set of muscles. It was usually rough the first couple of weeks getting back into the next sport, but I enjoyed it.”
Scott was the only athlete to garner All-Robertson County honors from The Connection in three sports in 2019. She averaged 6.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 76 percent on free throws during her senior basketball campaign.
The combo guard, who projects as a shooting guard in college, also broke Greenbrier’s career steals record with 158. Gillen thinks Scott can take another step forward by being more aggressive and improving her handling of defensive pressure.
“Her defense is wonderful. Her speed is great. And her ball handling is good, but if she could improve it, handle one-on-one pressure and be more confident in attacking with the ball, she would pretty much be unstoppable,” Gillen said.
Scott also stood out as a two-way player on the diamond. She served as Greenbrier's primary pitcher in 2019, going 24-8 with a 4.20 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 150 innings pitched. She batted .290 with 28 RBI and four extra-base hits.
The COVID-19 pandemic ended her senior season in mid-March at the Gulf Coast Classic in Gulf Shores, Alabama, though the Lady Bobcats were able to have a joint senior recognition ceremony with Jo Byrns following a bracket play game.
“It was extremely sad,” she said. “I felt like this year could have been great. We really started clicking during the Gulf Shores (tournament).”
Scott will study mathematics with tentative plans to become a teacher. After honing her skills at Vol State, she plans to transfer to a four-year school to finish her degree and continue her athletic career.
Whether that will be on a field, a court or both is still to be determined.
“I love basketball, and that’s what I’m going for right now,” Scott said. “But if I end up playing softball at another school, that would be cool too. I plan on going somewhere after (Vol State). For which sport – I don’t know. But I’ll try to play either one at a four-year school.”