Even after Tara Webb signed her letter of intent Wednesday morning, it still hasn’t quite hit her.
Mountainburg coach Dan Garringer sent off a DVD of Webb playing to Arkansas Tech and within days, the Golden Suns offered a scholarship.
Webb signed a Division II letter of intent to play basketball for the Golden Suns as part of the early signing period.
"I was still very nervous about signing," said Webb after the brief ceremony at Mountainburg. "Now, I don’t have to worry. It takes the weight off my shoulders."
Webb is the middle sister of Destiny and Kristen Webb. Destiny was a former standout for the Lady Dragons and is attending college. Kristen is a freshman at Mountainburg.
The trio had more than their share of trials, but with the support of the community, the school administrators, coaches, and friends, the Webb sisters not just survived, but they’ve thrived.
"It would have been easy for Tara or her sisters to fall back on their problems and setbacks. They’re all great kids," said Garringer. "Tara is obviously a good athlete. She’s very quiet. I think the first year I was here, she didn’t say one word to me, unless I asked her something.
Webb, who scored a 27 on her ACT, is one of six seniors for the Lady Dragons. That group have been together since seventh grade and has compiled a 109-9 record since that time, and 57-4 as sophomores and juniors.
Garringer, who was a coach at Cedarville, briefly retired, but returned to coaching at Decatur before coming back to Crawford County.
"Working with Tara, her sisters and these kids have kind of rejuvenated me and my wife, Kathy. This is supposed to our golden years," said Garringer. "Tara’s signing, and Maddie Backus’ signing last season, and watching the other girls succeed. It’s rewarding for us to work with such great people."
Backus signed with UA-Fort Smith, another Division II school, last season and has started for the Lady Lions this season.
"Both of these signings have been great for Mountainburg," Garringer said. "It’s very meaningful and brings a lot of pride for the school, teachers, coaches and the fans."
Arkansas Tech finished 17-3 in the Great American Conference last season, but fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Suns are picked to finish third this season.