Malcolm in Front

Published 12:01 am Friday, January 4, 2013

Andalusia’s Tylesha Malcolm dribbles past half court during the first half of the Lady Bulldogs’ 38-36 victory over Enterprise Thursday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

AHS senior nets 16 points, grabs 18 rebounds in win

Andalusia’s Tylesha Malcolm grabbed 18 rebounds and scored 16 points to help lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 38-36 victory over Enterprise on Thursday night.

Malcolm wracked up 12 defensive and six offensive rebounds in the effort, and added four blocks to keep the Lady Wildcats at bay.

Going into this game, AHS hadn’t beat Enterprise since Teresa Herring has been a coach for the Lady Bulldogs.

“It felt really good to get that win,” Herring said.

Last night’s game was a complete turn around from Andalusia’s first game against Enterprise. The Lady Wildcats won 42-11 in a whopper at their annual Thanksgiving tournament.

Malcolm got things going the right way as she went on to score her first seven points of the game in the first period to give the Lady Bulldogs an early 7-0 lead.

Andalusia led 11-4 after the first period, but a suspect second period resulted in a one-point lead at halftime, where the Lady Bulldogs led 15-14.

Enterprise kept coming back after falling to a single-digit deficit with its man-to-man defense and aggressive offense.

To keep pace, Andalusia turned to something that it had been working on during the Christmas break.

“We worked a lot on a zone-press break because that’s what (Enterprise has) done a lot to us in the past,” Herring said. “Luckily, we had done something during Christmas and worked on it.

“We had come in here and gone over it again to try to refresh their memory, and it worked,” she said. “We were able to get the ball in, and it made it a little bit different game once we got past that pressure.”

Andalusia came out and outscored the Lady Wildcats 14-9 in the third period.

After a 4-0 run by Enterprise, Andalusia only led by two points at 29-27.

Malcolm then got a put back and Kanisha Johnson laid in a jumper to bump the Lady Bulldogs back up by six at 33-27.

D’Ashia Johnson drained a pair of free throws to put AHS ahead 38-34 and the Lady Bulldogs held on late despite of an Enterprise threat to get the win.

D’Ashia Johnson added six points to pace AHS. Shandricka Thompkins had two blocks and seven rebounds.

Enterprise’s Rae Tyson had 13 points to lead the Lady Wildcats.

Herring said this win came at a perfect time as her team will begin area play on Tuesday at Hillcrest-Evergreen.

“Things starting to click right now for us and I’m very excited to get things started in area play,” she said.

Enterprise boys 67, Andalusia boys 46

Devante Jackson led the Bulldogs with 20 points; Jalen Cross and Montel Lee added nine points each in the 21-point loss to the Wildcats.

Enterprise went on a 9-0 run to start the game and led 15-6 after the first period.

Cross got a 3-pointer with 3:24 to give Andalusia its first points of the game.

Lee got a put back later on and missed the and-one to put his team down by nine.

EHS went on to take a 27-6 lead during the second period, and led 32-14 at one point.

However, the Bulldogs didn’t quit as they went on a 8-0 run to end the first half to only be down by nine points at 34-25 at the break. Lee scored six of his nine points in the midst of the late run in the first 16 minutes of the game.

“I thought we had some things ironed out, but then some tings we went backward on and then some looked pretty good,” AHS coach Richard Robertson said. “We’re fighting up here. Most of our problems are self-made. We’re playing against good teams. We had to overcome the opponent and ourselves.”

Just like that, Enterprise led 38-31 to start the second half and then went on to take a 16-point, 49-33 lead late to go into the fourth period ahead 51-37.

The Wildcats went on an 8-0 to start the fourth period and went on to outscore the Bulldogs 16-9.

Trevon McNeal led EHS with 18 points.

“We’re going to keep working on everything,” Robertson said. “We’re just going to keep on working and hope for something that’ll click.”

In B-team action, Andalusia won 36-30.

Cameron Woods led AHS with 18 points. Ian Peek had seven points.