Albany High's Chasity Mullins averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per game.
ALBANY — Her coach called her the heart and soul of the team, and anyone who saw Chasity Mullins play for Albany High’s girls basketball team knows why.
“She led us all year,’’ Albany High coach Telly Turner said.
Now Mullins will try to lead again at East Georgia in Swainsboro.
She signed a letter of intent to accept a basketball scholarship there this week and has plans of succeeding and learning at the junior college level.
Mullins, a 5-foot, 8-inch guard led Albany High in rebounding her sophomore season and again as a senior from her guard position. What is even more remarkable about that stat is that Mullins was the point on Albany High’s fastbreak and ran the floor all year — and still managed to clean the boards.
Mullins had to sit out almost her entire junior season with an ACL injury but came back as a senior to average 18 points and eight rebounds and help lead the Squaws to the Sweet 16 round of the Class AA state tournament.
She was a preseason choice as a Herald Super 6er and lived up to the title by having a strong season, leading Albany High into the playoffs.
She had offers from other junior colleges, but said East Georgia not only fit into her plans now, but for later, because of East Georgia coach Bud Childers, who coached 19 years at the Division I level and has won 456 games in his 24-year career.
“When I visited the school me and the coach just connected,’’ Mullins said of Childers. “We bonded. I feel like he can mold me into a better basketball player so that I can go to a four-year school and play. He can get me prepared for a four-year school or even a Division I school.’’
Mullins plans on majoring in physical therapy and feels she will have little trouble fitting in at East Georgia and Swainsboro.
“It’s a good transition from small-town Albany to small-town Swainsboro,’’ she said. “I liked it there, and they have a real good basketball program.’’