COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Wallace State’s basketball teams begin conference play on Tuesday


HANCEVILLE, ALA. — Wallace State’s basketball teams have turned the page to 2019, and that means conference play is looming.

Both teams begin Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) action at Gadsden State on Tuesday, and the home opener is Jan. 12 vs. rival Shelton State.

The Lady Lions (12-3) have been on a roll, winning eight games in row after a pair of victories in Memphis last weekend over Southwest Tennessee Community College and Lewis and Clark CC. They play 13th-ranked Walters State tonight in Tuscaloosa and Roane State on Saturday as a tune-up for ACCC action.

“This weekend should be a great measuring stick for us and help us adequately prepare for conference play. We’ve been talking lately about how we’re back to 0-0 when conference play begins,” said Wallace State women’s coach Jessica McBrayer. “We’re an extremely competitive group, and that should help us during the conference grind.”

McBrayer’s squad is averaging 84.6 points per game. The Wallace State women have reached the 100-point plateau in three victories this season and scored at least 93 points in four others.

“We try to play at a fast pace and that leads to us taking a lot of shots. We have the tendency to shoot it very well, and the team has bought into trying to get to the 80-point mark every game. We also pride ourselves on trying the opponent under 60 points,” McBrayer said. “Each person on the team has bought into the speed we try to play with.”

Sophomore Miajah Bullock leads Wallace State by pouring in 17.9 points per game. She has posted double digits in five straight games, including scoring a career-high 37 points on Dec. 15.

Freshman Imari Martin is averaging 14.3 points per game and has dished out a team-high 78 assists, while sophomore DeMaurea Moore is nearly averaging a double-double with 12.5 points and a team-high 9.5 rebounds per contest.

Additionally, Channing Gafford, Jasmine Baker, Jada Golden and Tawana Nevels are each averaging more than six points per game.

Meanwhile, Wallace State’s men wrap up non-conference play tonight at Alabama Coastal-East before traveling to Gadsden State on Tuesday. The Lions (9-6) dropped a pair of games last weekend at the South Georgia Technical Classic.

Sophomore Demarkus Lampley is flourishing this season, averaging a conference-best 26.5 points per game. He’s also averaging 6.5 rebounds – good for second on the team.

Chris Rollins is averaging 8.3 points and six rebounds per game, while Geordon Walker pours in eight points and collects 6.6 boards. 

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