by Michael D. Gunnell
Southwest Sports Information
Southwest sophomore guards Jamaya Galloway and Amari Pittman, both graduates of Bay High School, signed scholarships Wednesday afternoon to continue their athletic and academic careers. Galloway elected to sign with the LSU-Alexandria Lady Generals while Pittman signed with the Tougaloo College Lady Bulldogs.
Galloway (5' 9") led the 2018-19 Lady Bears with 11.1 points per game. He hit 81.5% from the free throw line and 40.8% from three-point range while tallying 3.1 rebounds and a team-high 5.1 assists per game.
Galloway said she choose to sign with LSU-A because she "felt their academic excellence and successful basketball team would be the perfect environment for me."
During her time at Southwest, Galloway said she "learned about time management between schoolwork and basketball. Through basketball, I've learned how to not only feel good about winning, but also be able to pick out positives from a loss. I think these things will help me achieve whatever I put my mind to at the next level."
Lady Bears head coach Brent Harris said Galloway "has been a great leader for our basketball program. She had made countless crucial baskets for us over her two years at Southwest. (She) can be a three-point threat from the wing or be a point guard at LSU-A. She is the perfect example of a student-athlete; her grades are nearly perfect and she is a winner in every category."
Pittman (5' 8") totaled 8.5 points per game for the Lady Bears during the 2018-19 season. She hit 66.7% from the free throw line and averaged 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
Harris said Pittman "has also made some very big shots, mostly from the three-point line, in her two years at Southwest. Amari loves the game of basketball and really works hard on her craft. (She) never missed a day of practice over the past two years. (She) will be a three-point threat of Tougaloo's program."
Pittman said she chose to go with the Lady Bulldogs because "of their high graduation rate and dedication to the academic part of being an athlete along with their great and upcoming basketball program."
She said during her time as a Lady Bear, she "learned that hard work in the classroom will always translate to life situations (and) also that patience and non-stop working on what you want to achieve will always get you one step ahead."