JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - One of the leaders of Jonesboro's Girls' Basketball team signed her letter of intent on Friday to play basketball at the collegiate level.
Chayla Johnson inked with Southwest Tennessee Community College, continuing her basketball career for the Saluqis. Johnson has played point guard and shooting guard for the Hurricane and will provide the same skills for SWTCC when she heads to college.
Johnson's talents surpass what many guards have to offer, she is potent on the boards. She lead the Hurricane in rebounds during the 2014-15 season and was a key contributor to JHS' run to the 6A State Semifinals.
The road to college basketball hasn't been an easy one for Johnson by any stretch of the imagination. "Me having a baby at 15 years old, I mean it was a struggle," said Johnson, who missed much of her sophomore season after having a child, "But my family and my friends helped me get through and I'm glad they are still here supporting me and helping me get to the next level."
Johnson also faced the unique challenge of playing up a year when she was in ninth grade. Head Coach Jodi Davis pulled her up to the senior high team as a freshman in order to help out the team with her ball-handling skills and defense.
Southwest Tennessee Community College has picked up two different Region 8 players in girls' basketball over the past week, they signed Nettleton stand-out Miah Kimbrough on Wednesday.