Bartholomew staying close to home

Published 12:18 am Saturday, May 2, 2009

After an eight-day delay, Southside basketball player Regina Bartholomew cast her lot with Wallace Community College-Selma on Friday morning in a signing ceremony at Southside.

“She is going to bring speed, discipline and leadership,” said Southside coach Wanda Tyler. “She’s a leader, not a follower.”

Bartholomew, described by Tyler as “a quiet storm,” averaged 30 points and 11 rebounds through the Panthers’ first 16 games of the season. She finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals per game.

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“I’m a good defensive player and I’m quick,” said Bartholomew.

Bartholomew credits Tyler for her signing with Wallace. She took the Lady Panthers to tryouts at the community college, and Bartholomew made an impression.

“I didn’t do as good as some of the others,” said Bartholomew. “I did something the coach must’ve liked.”

When asked about the qualities Bartholomew brings to the table, Tyler was quicker to point out Bartholomew’s off-the-court achievements. She will graduate with a 3.5 GPA and has more than 100 hours of community service.

“I’m very proud of her,” said Tyler. “She brings hope that other Selma athletes can stay in Selma. There’s nothing wrong with staying home.”