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Chicago Tribune: At 5-4, CCC Point Guard Carries Sky-High Dreams

3/11/2013 12:00 AM

Jaleesa Armstrong grew up with the sound of her three older brothers constantly bouncing their basketballs throughout the family's Englewood neighborhood home.

The sound — which was different on the living room carpeting; different on the kitchen tiles; and different on the basement's concrete floor — often jolted her awake in the morning. It sometimes lulled her to sleep at night. She didn't like it at first. And neither did her mother. "She was always yelling, 'Stop bouncing that ball,'" said Armstrong, 19, laughing. "It was like it was in their blood." 

Now, at 5 feet 4 inches tall, she's used to people looking at her in disbelief when she tells them she's a point guard for Malcolm X College's Lady Hawks women's basketball team. But watch her on the court, and you become a believer. ... 

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