Down the stretch, when Ayers was coaching the team, Qualls had to remind herself that it wasn't her close friend, but her coach on the sideline.
“It was kind of weird that a girl I played with was coaching me,” Qualls said with a laugh. “I would have to remind myself, OK, this is coach Amanda, not ex-teammate Amanda.”
Qualls, who has signed with Oral Roberts, says the state tournament in October will always stick with her.
“It was a good memory and a bad memory,” she said. “It showed me where I am as a player. I know the level of intensity I can play at now. I feel like each year, I surpassed that level and I've gotten better mentally and physically.
“I felt a lot of improvement this year, and hopefully I'll surpass that next year, too. We'll see.”