Scott, a Stone Mountain graduate, had never before run track, but she ended the season as the only Lady Pirates’ athlete who qualified for the state meet.
Scott placed seventh in the 100-meter dash to score two points for Stone Mountain.
“I was not her head coach, but I could see how she definitely made the team better,” Stone Mountain coach John Williams said. “Her attitude and work ethic were in the right place all the time.”
Stone Mountain was not counting on Scott early in the season, but as the year went along, she became the focal point of the team effort.
Williams said her personality made her easy to work with.
“She is really such a positive person,” he said. “I don’t think I ever saw her get negative about anything. She is always smiling and she just keeps everyone positive all the time.”
Williams said as girls’ head coach Dante Ferguson worked with her on the technical aspects of running track, her times kept dropping all season.
“She placed well at regionals and sectionals and really showed us we had something to work with at state,” Williams said. “From my perspective, Tamika really turned it on around county and got hot. She made the finals. She is fast, and we knew we could work with that.”