Cory Scott is determined to provide his team with victories, and his fans are equally set on giving him recognition.
Copperas Cove’s senior guard led the Bulldawgs to the Gold Bracket, Division II consolation championship at the McDonald’s Texas Invitational last week at Pasadena, and his high-scoring ways have propelled the team to a 6-1 start to the season. Through seven games, Scott, who recently became the first player in program history to sign with a NCAA Division I school by committing to Stephen F. Austin State, is averaging 30 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists.
In return, Scott’s fans accounted for 61 percentage of the vote, earning him the KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week award.
“Cory deserves every part of it,” Copperas Cove head basketball coach Billy White Jr. said of Scott’s recent accomplishments. “He’s put the work in, and he’s just getting out of it what he has put into it.”
The award comes on the heels of Scott’s trio of 30-point showings at Pasedena, including a 35-point outburst in the championship game against Klein Collins. Three nights later, in the Bulldawgs’ home opener, Scott scored a game-high 25 points, going four of five from behind the 3-point arc, in a 70-61 victory against Pflugerville.
After spending the first six games on the road, Scott was thankful of the support he and his teammates received from the home crowd.
“It felt real good,” Scott said following the victory. “We’ve been on the road a long time, and we just felt like we had to come home and give our fans something to appreciate.”
In all, Scott received 434 of the 714 total votes cast.
This marks the first time Scott has received the award this season, edging out a regular contender, who has won several polls en route to helping Gatesville produce its best showing on the gridiron in over a decade.
Hornets quarterback Cole Edmiston was nominated after accounting for 300 total yards and five touchdowns in a 48-28 playoff victory — the program’s first since 2001 — against Alvarado. The senior completed 13 of 20 passes for 250 yards and five touchdowns.
Edmiston finished with 273 votes, accounting for 38 percentage of the total vote.
Other nominees included Florence senior Matthew Mallette, who scored 24 points, making eight of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter, to lead the Buffaloes to a 42-39 early-season home victory against Troy; and Ellison guard Ojai Black, who averaged 15.5 points in a pair of wins against Pflugerville Connally and Class 4A No. 13 Waco University.