ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Entering the 2018-19 season, there were quite a few questions surrounding the Jones County women’s basketball team.
Gone are two All-Americans from a year ago – Nique Cherry and Alexis Tolefree – and several other sophomores who led the Lady Bobcats to 56 wins in two years.
Yet, the song remains the same in Ellisville. Jones is 9-1 after Friday’s 72-71 win over No. 4 Chipola.
"I mean, obviously we did lose a lot,” said JC head coach Missy Bilderback, now in her fourth season. “We lost two All-Americans and we've had a fun run these last couple years. There was a little uncertainty coming in just because we had so many new faces. But honestly, they’ve just met the challenge 100 percent. They’ve been fun to coach, they’re just a really fun group of kids. They work very hard every day."
"Just team chemistry, working together, our effort,” said JC freshman guard Keyara Jones, a Heidelberg native. “Talking on the floor, communicating, all that's been a big key."
“Each game and each practice we make a conscience effort to get better, not only on the court but relationship-wise,” said JC sophomore center Kyia Weathersby, a graduate of Collins High. “We actually make a conscience effort to get closer with each other.”