Hoover center Marqu’es Webb was in familiar territory at the MLK Ball’n prep girls Classic at Faulkner on Monday.
The senior Buc played her first two years at Brewbaker Tech and received a warm welcome in her native city.
“It feels really good to come back, and it’s fun to play in front of my family,” Webb said. “I have countless friends here. There’s a good number of people here to support me.”
Webb didn’t disappoint her fans. She scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in Hoover’s 53-37 win over Blount.
“I saw her a little bit out there, she’s still Marqu’es Webb,” Stanhope Elmore coach Kelvin Stokes said, who coached her while she was at Brew Tech. “She still controls the boards. She’s had an outstanding career. I’m proud of her. I’m looking forward to seeing her throughout her career.”
Webb and Stokes remained close even after she moved. Stokes was even in attendance when Webb signed to play at Vanderbilt. She also stays in contact with her former junior high coach Cynthia Thompson, who now coaches Brew Tech.
“We all know she’s a soft-spoken person, but on the court she’s totally different,” Thompson said. “She’s very aggressive on the court. And she’s just an awesome person. I can’t speak enough about her personality. I love her as my own.”
Webb had a crowd of about 15 at Faulkner. Before her game, she received hugs from members of Brew Tech, Robert E. Lee and St. Jude. Even though she has a bright future ahead of her, she never forgets her past.
“We’re having a good season, and we’re hitting our peak,” Webb said. “We’ll see how the rest of the season plays out, and if we end up where we want to be. …The weirdest thing is watching players that I played with before play without me, and knowing I don’t play with them anymore.”
Stanhope Elmore 58,
Sidney Lanier 18
The Mustangs (10-10) climbed back to .500 with a dominating showing against the winless Poets (0-17), who were limited to six players. Moody Dejarnette led Stanhope with 20 points, Raven Russell added 13 points and Janea Ray chipped in 10. Jasmyne Taylor led the Poets with 11 points.
G.W. Carver 56,
Greater Atlanta Chr. 48
Carver (16-1) had three scorers in double figures in a close contest against the Spartans. Taja-Wana Russell led the way with 13 points, and Pamela Allen and Keyuana Thompson each scored 10. Brianna Cummings led the Spartans with 25 points.
Jeff Davis 50,
Lafayette Co. (Miss) 31
Jasmine Walker and Skyy Ellis led the Volunteers (16-7) to a blowout victory. Walker scored 12 and Ellis added 11, as Jeff Davis pulled away after a tight first quarter.
Robert E. Lee 60,
Columbus (Ga.) 45
T’erra Lewis’ 20 points and Tykeria Williams’ 19 led the Generals (17-5) to a double-digit victory over the Blue Devils. Alexia Manning led Columbus with 16 points. Lee jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the opening minutes and never looked back.
Brewbaker Tech 67,
Ashley Asouzu’s scored 31 points, and Shelby Williams scored 22 for the Rams (15-1) in their win against the Lions. Asouzu also had 18 rebounds and six steals. Michaia Fluellen grabbed 11 rebounds.
Daneile Ewert led Prattville (14-7) with 27 points, and Jae Patterson added 15.
Greenville defeated St. Jude 46-32 in the opening game.