Bonner signs with Northwestern State

Another Jones County Junior College women’s basketball player is headed to the Southland Conference.

Kira Bonner (Quitman) signed with Northwestern State on Wednesday in the McClellan Hall Media Room.

“It feels good,” Bonner said. “The process is overwhelming, but I made a good decision and I’m happy. (Northwestern) reminds me a lot of Jones – the playing style, the coaches, the teammates. The campus is beautiful and I’m just ready to win.”

Two weeks ago, Chrystal Ezechukwu (Stone Mountain, Georgia) signed with Nicholls State of the Southland Conference.

JCJC head coach Missy Bilderback is happy to see Bonner sign with Northwestern State.

“We are excited,” she said. “Kira has worked very hard and had a great two years at Jones. Anytime you can see your kids go on to play at the next level it’s a good day.”

Bonner was a key factor in helping JCJC win back-to-back MACJC/Region 23 championships and compile a 56-6 record over the past two years.

This past season, Bonner, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged 10.0 points and 1.5 assists per game for the Lady Bobcats. She shot 37 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the free throw line.

She competed in the MACJC All-Star Game on April 13, scoring five points and getting one assist.

Bilderback said Bonner would bring a great deal to Northwestern State, which is located in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

“Kira is an amazing leader,” she said. “She is a tough kid, a great defensive player and a big shotmaker. When we needed big plays to happen, she would always step up. Probably the most important thing is that she is consistent – everyday hard worker, everyday ready to play, everyday ready to lead.

“That’s what winners do and she has been a huge part of our success. “I think she will have an immediate impact and I think Northwestern State is very lucky to get her.”

Bonner said she will miss being on the JCJC campus.

“I grew a lot in a lot of areas here, not just in basketball, but as a person,” she said.