When Coolidge guard Shamia Wells has the ball, she’s not afraid to drive to the basket. Though Wells is a 5-foot, 6-inch tall freshman and defenders tower over her, she appears unafraid of contact in the paint. In fact, Wells embraced it on Jan. 10 when she scored 24 points to help the Coolidge Colts hand the Cardozo Clerks their fifth straight loss of the season, 47-14, in Washington, D.C.

Coolidge has only two seniors on their varsity team, but their play doesn’t show it. Despite their age and size, the girls dominated an older, bigger Cardozo team.

“We’re real young,” said Coolidge coach Torrance Dawkins, “So I just try to keep them focused.”

The Colts started off strong, led by the sharp shooting of junior forward Olayinka Bamiro. Bamiro scored seven of Coolidge’s 10 unanswered points to start the game. She finished with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.

While Coolidge’s offensive game gave them the initial lead, their defense prevented Cardozo from bridging the gap. Standing at 6-feet, 4-inches tall, senior center Nadija Theodore was a major presence in the paint, stopping Cardozo from scoring any easy buckets. Wells preyed on the perimeter and added six steals.

“We prepare for every game the same way,” Dawkins said. “We didn’t know much about Cardozo going into the game, but we just wanted to play hard.”

Breana Pitts

Special to the AFRO