By Courtney Cole
By scoring 1,000 career points, senior Shanelle Tolley joins an elite group of athletes at Missouri Valley College.
Tolley was recruited four years ago by Coach Andre Scott, and since that day her career at Valley has taken off. Tolley said she felt that Missouri Valley was the best choice for her due to it having such a small student body and campus. Tolley was also happy that MVC offered her major which is exercise science with honors.
Tolley started getting recognized with sports at a young age and tried out every sport there was. The one that caught her eye at the age of 8 was basketball because she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her older brother. Not only that, it was a fast-paced sport that took a team to make a difference. Tolley also liked the fact that the players are playing all positions as both offense and defense.
Being that she was never the most skilled person out there, she knew she had to work for it. She would do a lot of personal training with coaches, not only on the weekdays but also the weekends. She would do this more than once a day which led to not taking a day off. She was able to be mentored by a lot of older players that had impressive backgrounds.
When Tolley had reached her 1,000 point career at Valley on the home court, it is a moment that she will never forget. All of the hard work and dedication that she had put into her basketball career has allowed her to not only travel all over the world but meet the most incredible people. She wants to give lots of the credit to her teammates because without them she would have not been able to do it, they were so supportive.
“I will forever be grateful for the opportunities and dreams that basketball has allowed me to chase, not to mention the valuable lessons it’s taught me along the way,” Tolley said.
With graduation closely approaching, Tolley is planning on going back home to Australia where she plans to fastrack her career in the defence force. With this she hopes to become an officer in the field of Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. She also wants to keep pushing towards her athletic passions and soon complete a triathlon or even a marathon.
Scott, the women’s basketball coach at Missouri Valley College, it has been a pleasure having Shanelle play for him. She is the type of player that does everything that he asks and she has a work ethic that is unmatched. Scott said her dedication led her to not only being an All- Conference player but also an All American during her time here at Missouri Valley.
Scott said Tolley has been a leader on and off the court and it is a bittersweet feeling to see her go, but he is very happy to see her accomplish her dreams after college. As a coach, the biggest thing he stresses is helping put kids in the positions to be successful after college.
“Shanelle, you will be one of the few to leave a legacy that you have left here at MVC,” Scott said. “I wish you nothing but the best in your next chapter, but it has been my pleasure to not only be your coach over the past four years but also your mentor. You are my first All-Conference player, first All-American, and first 1,000 point scorer. Continue to work harder and be the best version of yourself you can possibly be.”