Marqu’es Webb’s suitcase had barely hit her AUM dormitory bed when she wheeled around, zipped down the hall and started looking for Shelby Williams.
The two had so much to catch up on. Beyond the regular text messages they’ve sent back and forth the last year and past the one game the former Brewbaker Tech teammates played against each other, there was a big hug to be shared along with some quality girl time, too.
“It’s great seeing her again because we miss her down here,” Williams said.
“That’s my girl,” Webb said.
The two will again be on opposing teams at today’s All-Star Sports Week basketball game (6 p.m. at the Acadome) but they’re still friends after a year apart.
Williams remains at Brew Tech, which won a state championship when both were sophomores and Webb carried the nickname “Big Baby.”
Webb, one of the state’s most-decorated rising seniors, is about to enter her senior year at Hoover, where she’s called “Scooter.”
“She’s still ‘Big Baby’ to us,” Williams said. “We don’t know her as ‘Scooter.'”
The two share a large memory bank, from the Michael Jackson-inspired dance-off Brew Tech’s team had the night after winning a state title to some personal 1-on-1 hoops for years before that.
“I won sometimes. She won sometimes,” Webb said. “It all depends.”
The post-championship dancing still brings both nearly to tears.
Webb was her usual gregarious self, easily running through her MJ routine despite waves of laughter. A nifty hat and a white glove were the only missing parts.
“She’s really goofy. Everything she does is funny,” said Williams, who was noteworthy for her ardent resistance. “I don’t dance. I just watched.”
Webb said her dance style lends itself more toward rap. Williams’, Webb said, was “Teach Me How to Dance.”
“Shelby has a little rhythm,” Webb said. “It just depends on the song.”
Both said they hope to see some 1-on-1 on-court time tonight, too. Webb, a 6-foot-1 forward who was one of the state’s top five players last year for the 6A state champion Bucs, is keeping her potential Williams strategy a mystery.