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As good as Ferriday's football teams have been through the years, the Lady Trojan basketball team has produced a number of players who went to the next level.
The list includes Fredricka Wills, Clara Davis, Pam Poole, Crystal Bell, Tabitha Davis, Samantha Davis, Sonya Tennessee, Gwen Taylor, LaShawnda Pryor, Ann Webster, Jessica Brown, Monique Jones, Ja' Lessia Davis and Jasmine Upchurch.
The latest is Chante Poole, who finished up her first year at Copiah-Lincoln Community College by playing in all 28 games, averaging 8.5 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game, shoot ing 42 percent from the field and 63 percent from the free throw line.
She also averaged 2.5 assists per game and 1.7 steals per game.
"Chante has really good quickness," said Co-Lin women's coach Gwyn Young. "She handles the ball really well, especially in traffic and does a good job of taking it to the goal. Her outside shot came around at the end of the year, which should make her even better next season. If her defender has to come out on her, it gives her the opportunity to drive right past her."
Poole played point guard and shooting guard for Young last season at the Wesson, Ms., school.
The Lady Wolves fell to Meridian Community College 63-59 in the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament to finish the season at 22-6.
The Lady Wolves fell just short of making it to their third consecutive trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, KS.
"It was about what I expected," Poole said of her jump to Co-Lin from Ferriday where she averaged 20.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals her senior season. "The big difference was more plays and playing man-to-man full court defense. That was an adjustment."
Pam Poole, Chante's aunt, played basketball at Coahoma Junior College after an outstanding career at Ferriday.
"I learned the game playing in the neighborhood against the boys," Poole said. "They didn't cut me any slack."
Poole will again play both the No. 1 and No. 2 guard positions this season.
"I like playing shooting guard to set up my shot," she said. "But I enjoy both."
Poole said she is looking to be more of a leader this season.
"It was kind of different this past year because at Ferriday there were times I felt I had to carry the team on my shoulders," she said. "I've been working hard on my outside shot and my defense. I have become a much better defensive player."
Young said he is expecting more leadership from Poole.
As for being able to play at the next level?
"Absolutely," Young said of the Ferriday native. "No question about it."
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