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Wallace Community College-Selma Women end season in ACCC Tourney

The Wallace Community College-Selma women’s basketball overcame adversity to reach the postseason.

The Lady Patriots won only 13 of 19 games, but made the Alabama Community College Conference tournament. ACCC champion and nationally-ranked Shelton State Community College routed WCCS 107-33 in the state quarterfinals.

WCCS head coach Herman Turner admitted that uncertainty surrounded the Lady Patriots for the upcoming season.

“We did not expect to have a season because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Turner said.

The Lady Patriots’ situation was further clouded when two Dallas County products did not return: Tasharri Grimes, Aayilah Hatcher and .

“Our two best players in Dallas County did not come back,” Turner said. “We had little time to prepare for the season. We had to cram everything into a few weeks.”

The Lady Patriots played tough and had two second-team All-South Division honors: sophomores Sierra Carter and Toniah Foster. Carter averaged a team-leading 15.4 points a game. Foster averaged 10.4 points and 11 assists a game.

Areyana Williams was also solid, averaging 10.3 points and six rebounds a game.

“We were very fortunate to make the postseason,” Turner said. “The girls played hard and we got a couple of players on the All South Division team.”

Kyla Ross, J’Mya Hall, Myciah Thrash, La’Dasia Giles, Naya Jems, Jahmyah Pettway, Airrianna Colley are the other Lady Patriots players.

Yulonda Randolph was an assistant coach on the  squad.  Ashley Grimes was volunteer assistant coach.