Malcolm works hard, plays hard on court

Published 12:15 am Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Andalusia’s Tylesha Malcolm led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 30 points each in two games in the past week. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Tylesha Malcolm likes to work and play hard.

The Andalusia senior’s work ethic was on full display last week and it was good enough to earn The Star-News’ Player of the Week honors.

Malcolm scored 30 points each in Friday and Monday’s games against Wilcox Central and T.R. Miller, respectively.

In fact, she’s helped Andalusia win enough area games to force a three-way tie for the third seed, which will be determined today in a coin flip.

Last Friday night, the Lady Bulldogs beat WCHS 58-51.

Malcolm said she came out and worked hard for her points.

“I always try to have faith in my team and just try to play hard,” she said.

During a normal game, Malcolm can be found either setting a post or waiting down low for a pass and easy bucket.

AHS coach Teresa Herring said Malcolm averages around 10 rebounds per game.

“Tylesha’s definitely been a rebounding force this season,” Herring said.

Malcolm said Herring and assistant coach Brad Garner have helped her game a lot this season.

“Coach Herring, she helped me a lot last year with working on my post moves,” Malcolm said. “Coach Garner has helped me a lot with positng up.”

Malcolm said she doesn’t realize how much she’s depended on during games.

“I never thought it would be like that, but I would say it’s been hard,” she said.

Malcolm started playing basketball in the City of Andalusia’s recreation league.

“I played in seventh and eighth grade in middle school,” she said. “I just took it from there to playing high school ball.”

Being a senior this season has been rewarding, Malcolm said.

“It’s great being a senior, being an example for the seniors coming up,” she said.

Malcolm is the daughter of Pamela Wright of Andalusia.