GOODMAN --- Holmes Community College sophomore Brittany Webster of Lexington signed a national letter of intent today with Jacksonville State University for the 2018 season. The 6'1 center will play in the Ohio Valley Conference next season.
Webster helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to a North Division title during the 2017-18 season. The Lady Bulldogs made a long run in both the MACJC and Region XXIII Tournaments before falling in the semi-finals of both tournaments. Holmes finished the season 18-9 overall record and 9-3 in the North Division.
As a freshman, Webster played 16.5 minutes per game and averaged three points per game. She pulled in 4.9 rebounds per game. Her sophomore season, she played 20.2 minutes per game and averaged 5.7 points per game pulling in 5.9 rebounds per game.
"I believe I chose Jacksonville State because of the environment they had when I went on my visit," Webster said. "They were like family to me, and the coaches were telling me how they would help me do what I need to do to get where I need to be on my major. It just felt like home away from home."
Webster said she has the ability to play either the forward or center position. "They can interchange me at either position," she said. "I can handle the ball well under pressure. I'm the go-to. Coming in as a junior I'll be able to rebound more, hit the 15-foot jumper and box out. I can do the simple things that matter."
She said she's proud of how the Lady Bulldogs played this season. "We had a really good season but couldn't finish," Webster said. "We came up against Jones in the State and relaxed on some defensive possessions that we shouldn't have. We came up against Co-Lin in the Region and missed box-out assignments giving them second chance opportunities to shoot. We had a really good team this year and without them I wouldn't be in the position that I'm in as far as signing with Jacksonville State. Next year they'll have a really good, and they'll have to win it all next year."
"Our work ethic is what got us the North Division championship," she added. "My team worked really hard to be North Division champs, and we proved it on the floor. It's a great feeling for me and my team to be noticed for something. It feels nice to have a championship in Holmes County once again. We surprised a lot of people. They didn't expect us to be the North Division champ. They didn't expect us to be in the state tournament or the region tournament. We showed up, but we couldn't finish. I just hope we put fear in people's hearts that we'll be even stronger the next couple of years."
She thanked Head Coach Jamilah Andrews, Assistant Coach LaTaryl Williams and Strength and Conditioning Coach Carlos Andrews for helping mold her into the player she is today. "Over the past couple of the years, I felt they were all family," she said. "I knew they would get me better so I would be in the position I'm in right now. I wasn't as physical as I am today without the help of them working with me in the post. I wouldn't have mastered the moves that I make. So I really thank them for that. That's the reason I chose to come here. I felt they could get me better."
Coach Andrews said having players move on to a four-year school is always a special day for her. "I'm very proud of Brittany," Coach Andrews said. "She's a very hard worker, and I'm excited she's getting this opportunity to play at Jacksonville State.
"Brittany's strengths are her ability to knock the 15-footer down and her ability to play with her back to the basket. She can get to the hole and her ability to rebound are strengths as well."
Coach Andrews agreed that Webster has become more physical. "She's always had the size, but she's gotten more physical. She's gotten in the weight room and worked really hard with Coach (Carlos) Andrews.
"Her ability to finish and her confidence" proved to be a big part of the Lady Bulldogs' success this season, according to Coach Andrews.