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One of Ellisville’s own is staying in Ellisville.

South Jones standout Endia Holliday signed her letter of intent with JCJC women’s basketball Friday morning on the campus of South Jones High School. Holliday held various offers both in state and out of state as far as Ohio and New York.

“I chose to stay close to home,” said Holliday about her decision to sign with the Lady Bobcats. “I wanted to be in a friendly and family environment, and Jones was the best to me.”

South Jones head coach Sherri Cooley said the occasion is a bitter-sweet one.

“Endia has been very important to our team,” Cooley said. “She’s been one of our top scorers every season she’s played. She has always led in rebounding. She is a strong force and so athletic.

“I feel that her potential has not yet been met. She is going to get better at the next level. She had a lot of offers, all of the junior colleges [in the state] wanted her, but she decided to stay closer to home.”

JCJC women’s basketball saw two of its players sign D1 scholarships earlier this week. Sophomore forward Nique Cherry signed with East Carolina and sophomore guard Alexis Tolefree signed with Ole Miss.



“JCJC is one of the top programs in the state,” Cooley added. “They have a very good coach in coach Missy Bilderback. So I know they are going to take good care of Holliday. She will step in and help that program. She is a joy to coach and a great kid.”

Along with offers from junior colleges across the state, Holliday also held offers from out of state programs.

“Southern Miss offered me,” Holliday mentioned. “I had others from New York and Ohio, but I wanted to stay closer to home.”

Holliday has a total of 280 rebounds in 30 games played in her career at South Jones. The senior averages 12.1 points per game.

Cooley says Holiday has grown in maturity during her time on the Reservation.

“I don’t think she quite realized how much she could do,” Cooley said. “I think she thought I was hard on her early on. Once she started to realize her potential, she started producing. I think that is what’s getting her ready for the next level. She is coming into her own. Now she knows that she can do this.”

Cooley, Holliday and the rest of the South Jones Lady Braves are 3-1 on the season thus far. South Jones plays at Northeast Jones Friday night. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. for the Lady Braves.