Sims signs with Holmes CC

Published 7:57 am Friday, April 6, 2018

The story of T.T. Sims’ high school basketball career was filled with ups and downs, highs and lows, some injuries and some highlights.

At its conclusion, though, is a happy ending.

The Warren Central point guard signed with Holmes Community College on Wednesday, giving her an opportunity to continue a promising basketball career.

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“It’s a good feeling just to be on the next level, because I love basketball and I want to continue my basketball career. I think Holmes is going to be a good place, and a good start, from high school,” Sims said.

Sims was part of a highly touted senior class that helped turn around Warren Central’s girls’ basketball program. In the four years prior to their arrival, the Lady Vikes had a 35-63 record and only made it past the division tournament once. Sims and her classmates were promoted to the varsity team as freshmen and, during their careers, won 78 games while reaching the Class 6A state tournament three times.

“When she came in along with four other girls, they all were moved up to the varsity level in the ninth grade, which allowed me an opportunity to reshape the program. I credit them, because this is the team I hand picked with these dreams in mind,” Warren Central coach Jackie Martin-Glass said. “By the time they became seniors, they’d have us back on that winning track and going forward in the direction we’re going. She’s a big part of that.”

Sims led the team in scoring as a freshman, at 13.9 points per game. That stat declined over the course of her career, but she made up for it by becoming a reliable ballhandler and distributor from the point guard position.

She averaged more than two assists per game each of her last three seasons.

Sims averaged 8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game in 1017-18, despite missing several games because of injuries and an ejection-related suspension.

“It’s been up and down, from the ninth grade to the 12th grade year. I had fun times, but some things happened that shouldn’t have happened and you just have to move on from it,” Sims said.

Now she’ll get the opportunity to move on to Goodman to play for Holmes. She picked the Bulldogs over East Mississippi and another junior college in New York, and said she was happy with the decision.

“My mom didn’t really want me to go to New York, and it was out of East Mississippi or Holmes, so I chose Holmes,’ she said. “It’s just an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up on.”

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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