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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, Modified: February 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm •  Published: February 2, 2012

Getting back to the state tournament this year will be tough. The Jets are 6-13 after Tuesday's loss to Shawnee, but there is reason for hope.

The past two state tournament teams didn't enter with the best records, but got hot at the end of both seasons.

Also, the Shawnee game was the Jets' first with senior point guard Paige Sneed back at full strength. Sneed, who averaged eight points and 10 assists as a junior, had ACL surgery in July.

Sneed's absense, and the early-season injury of another point guard, forced Webster into the unfamiliar role.

“I can play point guard because I feel like I'm an all-around player, but shooting guard is my position,” she said. “I love to attack.”

The tough season has also developed Webster as a leader.

“This is the first year that she's gotten to be a floor captain,” Beall said. “She doesn't take advantage of that role at all. She's very unselfish.”

In Western Heights' Jan. 24 win over El Reno, Webster topped the 1,200 career points plateau. But even with that mark in mind, she wasn't taking all the shots.

“She probably had five or six wide open lay-ups, but a teammate would run up behind her and she'd dish it to them and let them shoot,” Beall said.

Texas-San Antonio assistant coach Koty Cowgill watched Tuesday's game against Shawnee, making him the third Roadrunners coach to see Webster play.

UTSA head coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair has seen Webster twice, Beall said.

Webster admits that UTSA is where she'd probably sign if it made her an offer.

“She's gotten some bigger offers as far as jucos, but she's holding out to see if she can get a Division I offer,” Beall said. “My job as a coach is to get the kids where they want to go.

“She feels like she's gonna get that opportunity, and I believe she will.”