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Panola College honors sophomore Fillies

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From left, Charlynn Perry, Denasia Watson, Tameal Jones, and Genesis Rivera -- all sophomore players will be honored on Sophomore Day.

From left, Charlynn Perry, Denasia Watson, Tameal Jones, and Genesis Rivera -- all sophomore players will be honored on Sophomore Day.

From left, Charlynn Perry, Denasia Watson, Tameal Jones, and Genesis Rivera -- all sophomore players will be honored on Sophomore Day.

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In the last game of the regular season, the Fillies will honor six sophomores: four players and two managers. “In one of the best seasons in 10 years, the following sophomores have been a great contribution to the success of the team,” said Eddie Kite, Panola Fillies head coach.

Tameal Jones (13): Tameal was a one-year team member, having transferred from UT-Tyler this past fall. While at UT she appeared in 21 games, and led her JV team in assists and steals. This year for the Fillies, Jones has played in 11 games and is averaging 4.1 points per game while shooting 90 percent from the free-throw line. She is a big-time 6th man and is not only a point guard on the court, but off the court as well, according to Nalani Hernandez, assistant coach. She plans to continue her basketball career at the next level, and plans to pursue a degree in interdisciplinary studies. Jones is a Tyler native, and is the oldest of three brothers and sisters.

Charlynn Perry (3): Charlynn Perry joined the Fillies after high school from LBJ, in Austin. In her first year at Panola, she averaged 7.1 points per game and shot 35% from behind the 3-point line while playing in 28 games, starting 8. This year, she has improved in her scoring, averaging 9.2 points per game playing in all 29 games. She boosted her career high this year to 21 points against Kilgore College. Perry plans on majoring in kinesiology and continuing her basketball career.

Genesis Rivera (21): Genesis Rivera struggled in her first year as a freshman, due to a language barrier and a bit of shyness, according to Hernandez. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, the Spanish speaking player emerged as a sophomore, becoming one of the Fillies’ leading scorers and rebounders. This year, she averages 12.9 points per game and is shooting 53% from the field and brings down 5.1 rebounds/game. Rivera has 482 points in her Panola career. She plans to study journalism and continue her basketball career.

Denasia Watson (12): Denasia Watson was dubbed the Captain of this year’s team, exemplifying great leadership on and off the court. In her first year at Panola, she didn’t see much playing time but was still a key asset in forging the team for the next year. This season, she has played in all 29 games, starting all but 1. She is averaging 6.6 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game as well. Watson plans on majoring in kinesiology and education while also continuing her basketball career.

Takyra Simpson (Manager): Takyra was the team’s manager for one season and was in charge of team activities and organizing team practices. She took charge of supplies and was also a practice clock keeper. She plans on continuing her education while getting a degree in business administration. She will graduate from Panola College in May.

Shantivia Grey (Manager): Shantivia “TV” Grey is a two-year manager and was a great help to the team. She attended every home and away game, and oversaw supplies and camera operations. She plans on continuing her education while majoring in kinesiology and will complete her associate degree from Panola College this summer.

“Please make sure to catch the last home game of the season, at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 4th, in the A.J. Johnson Gymnasium. The Sophomores will be joined by friends and family as they walk on their home court one final time,” said Kite.

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