JCJC’s Tolefree, Cherry named NJCAA DI All-Americans


ELLISVILLE – For the second straight year, Alexis Tolefree (Conway, Arkansas) and Nique Cherry (Heidelberg) have been named NJCAA Division I All-Americans.

The two Jones County Junior College standouts guided the Lady Bobcats to its second straight MACJC and Region 23 Tournament championships, as well as another appearance in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Lubbock, Texas.

Tolefree was chosen as a second-team All-American and Cherry was a third-team All-American. Last year, Tolefree was a first-team All-American and Cherry was an Honorable Mention All-American.

Both players were recently named All-Region 23 for the second straight season and both made the All-Region 23 Tournament team.

Tolefree averaged 21.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.6 assists per game this season. She shot 43.1 percent from the floor and was 104-of-286 from 3-point range for 36.4 percent. She made 82 percent from the free throw line.

Tolefree, a 5-foot-8 guard, was second in the MACJC and seventh nationally in scoring. She was third in the nation in 3-point field goals per game. She scored 50 points in the Region 23 championship win over Copiah-Lincoln.

Cherry averaged 14.7 points and 14.1 rebounds per game. She led the MACJC and was third in the nation in rebounding. She made 48 percent of her shots from the field. Cherry had 23 'double-doubles' this season.

Cherry is a 6-foot-1 forward who has already signed with East Carolina University.

Both players helped head coach Missy Bilderback's team to a 26-4 record this season, a 30-2 mark in 2016-17 and a 56-6 record over two years.