By JOHN LUCAS
For The Record
Former South Johnston girls basketball standout Anna Webster made her first return to the area Saturday when Charleston Southern traveled to Big South Conference opponent Campbell.
Though she was unable to play because of a leg injury, Webster still enjoyed the experience.
“It was great,” Webster said. “It was great seeing everybody. And I’m proud of our team, even though we didn’t win (the Camels won 54-37, their seventh straight win). Hopefully we can come back and get them next time.”
Despite missing time for the injury, Webster said she has still enjoyed her freshman year and first year as a college basketball player.
“It’s been great,” she said. “I’ve really enjoyed playing with the girls. We have a special bond. And I really like the coaches. They’ve shown a lot of compassion.”
Even knowing Webster would be unable to play and despite the weekend’s ice and snow, several people from the area attended the game in support of her, including her family, former teammates and South Johnston staff members.
“It’s great to have their support,” Webster said. “To know that they’re always there for me, it’s an awesome feeling.”
During her time at South Johnston, Webster, a shooting guard that was a four-year varsity starter, averaged 19 points per game and had already reached the 1,000-point milestone by her junior year. She also averaged 2.6 assists and 7.6 rebounds per game. She was the 2014 Two Rivers 3-A Conference Player of the Year and was a multi-year All-Conference selection. She was also named to the N.C. Preps All-State Team in 2014.
Webster played in five games for an average of 8.4 minutes per game for the Buccaneers prior to her injury.
She averaged 3.4 points on 60 percent shooting from the field, including 66.7 percent shooting from the three-point line, and 75 percent shooting at the free throw line.
“I was playing some and scoring some,” Webster said. “So it’s pretty good.”
Hoping To Return This Season
Webster still feels like she’s a contributor to her team, even while sidelined and hopes to be able to return to the court before the end of her freshman season.
“I support them on the sidelines and I’m progressing,” Webster said. “I hope yo return by the end of the season. We’re still progressing and working on it. We don’t know anything yet, but we’re still working on it and rehabbing on it.
“It’s been tough, but I enjoy cheering them on and bringing them to victories.”
All things considered, Webster was happy with the return to the area and people she knows well.
“It’s always great coming home and seeing everybody,” Webster said. “That’s the best part.”
Charleston Southern freshman Anna Webster was on crutches.
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