Nalls, Wilson sign with four-year schools

Nalls, Wilson sign with four-year schools

Holmes Community College Lady Bulldog sophomores Carmesha Nalls of Lexington and LaShonda Wilson of Indianola have signed to continue their playing careers at four-year institutions.

Nalls will be transferring to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, while Wilson will be transferring to Tougaloo College in Jackson, a member of the NAIA and the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

Nalls was the second leading scorer this past season for the Lady Bulldogs, who ended the season at 16-9 overall and 7-5 in the North Division. The Lady Bulldogs made both the MACJC Tournament and the Region XXIII Tournament. Nalls averaged 13.6 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game and led the team from three-point range with a 32.8 percent average her sophomore year, and she was the leading scorer her freshman year averaging 15.9 points per game along with 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Nalls was named First Team All-State her freshman year and Second Team All-State, MACJC All-Star and was a member of the Region XXIII All-Tournament Team her sophomore year.

Wilson averaged five points per game her sophomore year and 5.3 points her freshman year. She brought in 6.3 rebounds per game her sophomore year and 5.7 rebounds her freshman year. Wilson was named a MACJC All-Star her sophomore year.

"I think I will help their team," Nalls said of her decision to choose Pine Bluff.

 "Scoring when I want to and passing the ball to an open player are my strengths," Nalls said. She said her role changed from her freshman to her sophomore year. "My freshman year I led in scoring. My second year, I kind of slacked up because we had other scorers to help. I played my part, and they played their part.

She was pleased with the postseason appearance. "I wish we could have stayed a little longer," said Nalls.

"Carmesha was a very important piece to our puzzle this year," Head Coach Jamilah Andrews said. "She showed leadership all year long. For Pine Bluff, I believe they'll get the same thing from her. She's not very vocal, but she shows leadership through her actions and for that they'll appreciate her."

Andrews agreed with Nalls on the change in the points per game average from her freshman to her sophomore year. "Her freshman year, Carmesha had to basically carry the team on her back. We didn't have a whole lot of help for her in scoring. Her sophomore year, she had other players who could help her, and there wasn't as much pressure on her.

"I think Carmesha is an all-around player. She handles the ball well. She's very quick to the basket, and when she decides to break down and play defense she plays very well."

Wilson said Tougaloo was the place for her. "I decided to go Tougaloo because I went on a visit, and I feel like I can be her big man that can make give their defense a little help," Wilson said. "She didn't have that many bigs. There was a spot so I took that opportunity to sign."

Wilson is glad she chose Holmes. "I had fun," Wilson said. "It was a great opportunity. I made friends, and I enjoyed the season. We could've done better." She added that her strengths on the court are "getting rebounds and protecting the basket."

Andrews said Wilson progressed nicely from her high school days through her two years at Holmes. "When she came to us she needed to work on her confidence knowing she could finish the easy shot," Andrews said. "She committed to doing a lot of individual work this sophomore year and played well for us down the stretch.

"She wasn't a big threat on offense but did get some big buckets for us at times," she said. "Her defense was outstanding. She discouraged a lot of shots when they would drive in. She played big on the inside and protected the paint. She was a great rebounder for us. When the ball went up, she would box out and go get rebounds for us. That's something she will take to Tougaloo."

 

 

 

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