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Chante Poole was hesitant to shoot the ball her freshman year at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
That hasn't been the case in her sophomore season this year.Poole is averaging 10.8 points a game, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 steals a contest. He has made 77 percent of her free throws and 39.4 percent of her 3-point shots.
"I feel more like a leader," Poole said. "I spent the off-season working harder on my shooting and defense. I want to be the one to take the shot when we need a basket now."
Poole played in all of Co-Lin's 28 games last year, averaging 8.5 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game, shooting 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.
The sophomore point guard is a big reason Co-Lin is the South No. 1 seed in this week's Mississippi Association of Colleges and Junior Colleges State Tournament at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville.
Co-Lin held off Mississippi Delta 67-63 Monday night to advance to a Wednesday game against Itawamba.
With 18.2 seconds remaining in the game, Poole nailed a three-pointer from deep in the right corner to put the Lady Wolves up 65-63. Mississippi Delta had a chance to tie or go ahead, but Co-Lin's pressure defense forced a Lady Trojan turnover.
The 5-foot-8 Poole had a game-high 22 points, including 5 3-pointers, to lead the Lady Wolves. She scored 16 points in the second half.
The Lady Wolves entered the tournament with a 20-3 record, 11-1 in South play.
"We expected to have a good season this year with the number of players we had coming back," Poole said. "We're playing well together and playing good defense. We just need to continue to do so."
Poole earned the Parish Player of the Year award three straight years while at Ferriday.
Poole, who averaged 20.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals this past season as a senior for the Lady Trojans, said her freshman season was a learning experience.
"I found out what I need to work on for this year and found out a lot about the competition," she said.
The Lady Wolves fell to Meridian Community College 63-59 in the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament to finish the season at 22-6.
"Our goal is to get to the national tournament," Poole said.
The Ferriday native said she has received offers from a few schools, but right now is leaning toward Grambling to further her playing career.
Mississippi College and South Alabama have also expressed a lot of interest.
Poole plans on majoring in physical therapy.
"That's something I would rather do other than playing basketball," she said.
Poole grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and Jason Terry.
"I like the way they always wanted the ball," she said. "That's a role I'm playing now."
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