Local all-stars have great road ahead

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 28, 2006

There were no girls high school basketball players more enjoyable to watch this season than Calera&8217;s Shanavia Dowdell and Thompson&8217;s Tamara Williams.

By far, two of the best players in the state of Alabama, Dowdell and Williams lit up the court almost every night.

They regularly finished games with double-doubles, giving opposing coaches fits for how to deal with them.

The two played their final high school basketball game together on Friday night.

Playing in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Stars Classic at the Pelham Civic Complex, the girls were teammates for 40 minutes.

After the game, they went their separate ways. But if you take a closer look at their careers, you can see some glaring similarities.

Both will graduate from high school and head on to play for top DI women&8217;s basketball teams in Dowdell&8217;s Louisiana Tech University and Williams&8217; University of Alabama.

Both players were the cornerstone and leader of their team this season, and both players had to endure the defeat of leaving high school without a state title.

Despite the lack of a state championship, no one can say that these girls&8217; high school careers were anything but a resounding success.

If they continue to work as hard as they did here at home, it&8217;s hard to imagine them not having great success with the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide.

They&8217;ve already earned it.

On Friday night, Dowdell and Williams proved why they are considered two of the best girls basketball players in the state of Alabama.

Dowdell was named the Alabama Most Valuable Player following the game after scoring 16 points and pulling down three rebounds.

Williams finished the game with a game-high 10 rebounds and added four points.

There&8217;s no doubt that both these talented girls will serve as great leaders on their next basketball squads.

It&8217;s always sad to see such talented players graduate from our school system, and we can be proud of the fact that they will represent us well at the next level