Western Heights' Antoinet Webster has everything but a Division-I offer

HOOP DREAMS — Western Heights guard Antoinet Webster has everything a Division-I basketball program could ask for. She's got the game and she's got the grades. What she doesn't have is a scholarship offer from one of those Division-I schools.
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Modified: February 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm •  Published: February 2, 2012

Antoinet Webster scored 14 points in the first half of Western Heights' Tuesday loss to No. 1 Shawnee.

As a team, the Jets scored 16 before halftime.

It's just been that kind of year for Webster, who, for a variety of reasons, has carried Western Heights through a rough 2011-12 season.

Making the season tougher on Webster has been the lack of big-time college basketball interest she's gotten.

Many of this year's top seniors signed their letters of intent in November, but Webster, who has several junior college offers, is holding out hope that a late NCAA Division I opportunity will come.

It's not an issue of talent; Webster's strong athleticism, vision and shooting skills are evident when you watch her play. She is averaging 21 points and eight rebounds a game this season, and hitting over 50 percent of her 3-point attempts.

Work ethic isn't a problem; Webster is always on the court and will “do anything you ask her,” her coach says. She has played for the same AAU team since eighth grade.

Webster is versatile; injuries and youth have forced her into different roles and positions on the court that have only made her better individually.

Grades are strong, attitude impeccable and, by all accounts, she is a good teammate.

So just what is it that is keeping college coaches from pulling the trigger?

Webster blames her occasional up-and-down performances; her coach, Carol Beall, thinks it may have to do Western Heights' lack of a successful tradition.

“We're so far under the radar,” Beall said. “When you're not ranked high, a lot of people don't pay attention.”

One coach at Texas-San Antonio, which has shown the most interest in Webster, told Beall, “I've never seen a kid so talented, and so far under the radar.”

Western Heights has been in the last two Class 5A state tournaments, but before that, the Jets' girls basketball tradition isn't much beyond the 1982 state title.

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