IAHS’ Laura Coker signs with ICC

Itawamba AHS point guard Laura Coker signed with Itawamba Community College in a signing ceremony last Wednesday. Front row from left are Andy Coker, Laura Coker and Dee Coker. Back, IAHS assistant coach Ashley Johnson, IAHS assistant coach Kenneth McKinney, ICC assistant coach Robin Porter, ICC head coach Nanci Gray and IAHS head coach Amanda Morrow. (The Times/ZACH ADAMS)

Itawamba AHS point guard Laura Coker signed with Itawamba Community College in a signing ceremony last Wednesday. Front row from left are Andy Coker, Laura Coker and Dee Coker. Back, IAHS assistant coach Ashley Johnson, IAHS assistant coach Kenneth McKinney, ICC assistant coach Robin Porter, ICC head coach Nanci Gray and IAHS head coach Amanda Morrow. (The Times/ZACH ADAMS)

FULTON – Surrounded by friends and family, IAHS point guard Laura Coker took the next step in her basketball career last Wednesday when she inked a letter of intent to remain in Fulton next season to play for the ICC Lady Indians.

Coker averaged 3.2 points and 2.4 assists per game for the Lady Indians this past season en route to helping her team to a 19-10 record and berth in the quarterfinals of the 4A North tournament.

“I know college is my next step in life, and I am very blessed to have the opportunity to continue to do the thing that I love, and that is basketball,” said Coker. “(ICC) has a great staff, and I’m really excited to get to play with those girls.”

IAHS finished with an 8-2 record in Division 1-4A, second only to Pontotoc, a team that went on to play for the state championship. The Lady Indians saw their season come to a close in late February with a 64-59 playoff loss to North Pontotoc.

“(Laura) comes from a really good program and has been well coached,” ICC coach Nanci Gray said. “She has got that competitive edge that every coach likes. She is a very positive person every time you see her on the floor, and she works really hard… We see her as an encourager and team leader on and off the court.”

That knack for leadership and  willingness to give a complete effort were two attributes that were continually assigned to Coker.

“Laura is a very hard worker, and she is going to fit in very well at ICC,” IAHS coach Amanda Morrow said. “I’m very excited for her to be able to play at the next level. This is a great opportunity for her.

“She has done a tremendous job the last four years handling the ball for us,” Morrow continued. “She is also very quick and hard to guard. Not only that, but she also plays tough defense and is a great leader.”

As for the summer, Coker plans to continue to hone her abilities before she reports to ICC.

“I love running, getting the ball up and opening things up for my teammates,” she said. “(I’m going to be working on) fundamentals of dribbling and really trying to further my skills.”

zach.adams@journalinc.com

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