Malcolm scores 30, leads AHS

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Andalusia’s Tylesha Malcolm (42) goes up for a rebound during Monday’s game against T.R. Miller. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia’s Tylesha Malcolm put up her second 30-point night in a row in the Lady Bulldogs’ 45-22 victory over T.R. Miller on Monday at AHS.

Malcolm, a senior, scored 30 points in her team’s 58-51 win over Wilcox Central in area action on Friday to help force a coin flip to determine who will be the No. 3 seed between three teams.

Going into the game, the Lady Bulldogs were facing a Lady Tigers team whose bread and butter is a zone defensive scheme.

“They packed the lane on us,” AHS coach Teresa Herring said. “You’ve got to find other ways to score. That’s what we were just talking about with them.”

The Lady Tigers’ 3-1 lead early in the first period proved to be their only lead as Malcolm scooped in a putback to start a short 6-0 run for Andalusia. Andalusia led 14-6 after the first period.

There wasn’t much to the game in the second period, as TRM’s defense paved way to Andalusia scoring only four points as the Lady Bulldogs led 18-8 at the break.

Herring said she urged her players to keep passing the ball and working on moving around against the Lady Tigers’ zone.

“We need to work against playing a zone,” she said. “One of our area teams plays in a zone. I really just wanted them to work on moving the ball around and get where you’re supposed to get.”

The Lady Bulldogs stepped up their game with a quicker point of attack from the start of the second half.

Shankdricka Thompkins made the back-end of a pair of free throws to put AHS ahead 19-11. Then, the Lady Bulldogs pulled ahead 21-11 on a successful pass from Laticia Crittenden to Malcolm.

Malcolm later got a putback and D’Ashia Johnson got a steal and converted on the other end to give the Lady Bulldogs a healthy 25-13 lead with less than three minutes to go in the third period.

All night, Andalusia was looking for an open window to pass to the inside against T.R. Miller’s box-shaped defense.

Thompkins was the window.

On a nice spin move with less than a minute left in the third, Thompkins laid in a jumper to put AHS to a 29-15 lead.

Malcolm pushed the Lady Bulldogs to a 35-17 lead at the start of the fourth period on a 6-0 run.

Andalusia’s Alexis Lawrence got a drive to go later in the fourth and the Lady Bulldogs led 41-20.

After Malcolm got an easy bucket, Herring sent in her freshmen and some sophomores to get in some playing time.

Thompkins had five points to pace AHS.

Lateysia Montgomery led TRM with 12 points.

Andalusia hosts Brantley tonight.