|Shawn Wansley, Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE, Miss. - Six players from the MACJC and Region 23 championship Jones County Junior College championship basketball teams have been named to the All-Region 23 team.
Named to the women’s All-Region 23 team are Alexis Tolefree (Conway, Arkansas), Nique Cherry (Heidelberg) and Tatyana Lofton (Madison-Ridgeland Academy).
Lady Bobcat head coach Missy Bilderback was named District O Coach of the Year.
On the men’s All-Region 23 team are Bruce Stevens (Bay Springs), David Davis (Purvis) and Rickey Holden (Laurel).
JCJC head coach Rahim Lockhart was named District 15 Coach of the Year.
Tolefree, a 5-foot-8 freshman guard, averaged 20 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 steals per game. She shot 46 percent from the field and 39.1 percent (84-of-215) from 3-point range. She made 82 percent of her free throws. Tolefree, who transferred to JCJC from Central Arkansas, was named to the NJCAA Division I All-Tournament Team.
Cherry, a 6 foot-1 freshman forward, averaged 12.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She compiled 21 ‘double-doubles’ on the season. She shot 56 percent from the field and 60 percent from the free throw line.
Lofton, a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard, averaged 12.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. She shot 41 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the free throw line. She has already signed with Tulane University.
Bilderback led the Lady Bobcats to a 30-2 record, which is a school record for wins, the MACJC South Division championship, the MACJC championship, the Region 23 title and the school’s first-ever appearance in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. JCJC went 2-1 in the nationals and made it to the round of eight in the tournament.
Bilderback has a 49-9 record in her two seasons at Jones.
Stevens, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward, averaged 16.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He had 22 ‘double-doubles’ on the year. He shot 52 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the free throw line. Stevens has committed to Ole Miss.
Davis, a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard, averaged 15.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.9 steals per game. He shot 48 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range (63-of-166) and 86 percent from the free throw line.
Holden, a 5-foot-11 sophomore guard, averaged 13.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He shot 53 percent from the field, 39 percent from 3-point range and 84 percent from the free throw line. Holden has signed with Cal State-Bakersfield.
Lockhart guided the Bobcats a 29-2 record, which is a school record for wins, the MACJC South Division title, the MACJC championship, the Region 23 title and the school’s second appearance in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. The Bobcats went 1-1 in the national tournament and advanced to the round of 16.
Lockhart has a 64-15 record in three years as head coach of the Bobcats.