Williams signs with Panola College


By Marco Clark, exclusive to the Times

NCHS basketball standout Jolie Williams said Monday, “It was a very emotional day today knowing that I won’t be here any longer at Natchitoches Central, but today I start my new career with the Panola Fillies.” In a lengthy list of outstanding players at Natchitoches Central, Williams shines as one of the brightest and greatest of all-time. Coach Nikki Jones said it was a pleasure coaching Williams three seasons and she will be missed.

During her time with the Lady Chiefs Williams’ achievements include All-State Team selection, 2016, 17 and 18; All-Area Team in 2016 and 17 and MVP in 18; All-Cenla Team 2016 and 17 and MVP in 18; All-District Team 2016, 17, MVP 18 and to cap off her senior year, she was selected to the LHSCA All-Star team. Her next chapter will start in Carthage, Texas, at Panola College, where she will major in criminal justice. “After my basketball career has concluded I want to work in the justice system to help juveniles get back on the right track so they may have a productive and successful life,” Williams said.

With many offers from around the state and surrounding area, Williams explains why she felt Panola was the best fit for her. “I wanted to stay close to home, so my family would be able to travel and see me play but have a change of scenery as well, so felt Panola was the place for me.”