GOODMAN --- Holmes Community College Lady Bulldog sophomore guard Vaquela Pimpton signed a national letter of intent with the University of New Orleans Privateers here today to continue her basketball playing career next season.
Pimpton, who played at West Tallahatchie and hails from Webb, helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to the semi-finals of both the MACJC and Region XXIII Tournaments this season and to the MACJC State Tournament last season.
As a sophomore, she averaged 28.1 minutes per game and 9.9 points per game. She shot 33.3 percent from the floor and 72.7 percent from the free-throw line. She had 4.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game. As a freshman, she averaged 29.6 minutes per game and 10.2 points per game. She averaged 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
Pimpton said the coaching staff at UNO made her feel like she was home during the recruiting process. "I felt like they wanted me there," Pimpton said. "They recruited me hard. I feel like they were the best spot for me, and I can fit in with their system from what Holmes had me doing."
She is really pleased of the success of this year's team. "My teammates kept me sane about the whole season," she said. "The team is the reason we made it that far. We all stayed together. Through every obstacle, we never fell apart. We accomplished our goals that were set, and I'm proud of that."
Pimpton said she was taught a lot about the game while she was at Holmes. "I learned more," she said. "My freshman year I didn't know a lot, but my coaches (Coach Jamilah Andrews, Coach LaTaryl Williams and Strength and Conditioning Coach Carlos Andrews) made me stronger both physically and mentally. They just helped me. Every time I asked a question, they gave me an answer, and I tried to fix it the best I could."
As far as Holmes, she said, "To the teachers, the school, the coaches, the teammates, we all were family. Anything we needed, we were always there to help each other out. We had each other's backs. We never had to struggle because other people came along when you were in a downfall, they came to pick you up. I thank my sisters for that, my teammates. I will never forget the times we had."
She said her strengths are making plays for other players, shooting and fast breaks. "I can go to the goal and make layups," Pimpton said. "I can change speeds both fast and slow. I just take what the defender gives me."
Holmes Head Coach Jamilah Andrews is proud to see another player move on to the next level. "I'm very excited for Vaquela. This is an opportunity she definitely deserves, and I think she will go to UNO and do very well."
Andrews echoed Pimpton's strengths on the court. "Vaquela's strengths are her ability to get to the basket and create shots and her ability to step out and knock the three-point shot down.
"She contributed to the (team's) success in various ways," Andrews added. "She was a leader off the court. She did what she was supposed to do. She got her studies done as well as her ability to play basketball on the court.
"Vaquela is the type player who will bring leadership to UNO," she added. "She will step right in and be ready to go."