To say basketball is in the family history is a certainty in speaking of Delta High School's Webb sisters.
The saga began with Skylyn Webb, who was a four-year starter for the Panthers. Upon Skylyn's graduation Joyclie entered the scene and has been part of the Panthers' success the past few years.
Two years ago, the third Webb, Missa, began her career at Delta High School. There was never a time when all three sisters were playing for the Panthers at the same time. Skylyn was having a stellar career for Delta High School while younger sister Joyclie, a point guard, was making impressions at the middle school level in Delta. Missa, a shooting guard, began seeing action at the varsity level late in her freshman year at Delta High School.
"Watching Skylyn play basketball in high school was what first made me love the game," quoted Joyclie. "Although I never played in high school with Skylyn, we would always play at home in the yard."
Joyclie did have the experience of playing on Delta's varsity team with her younger sister, Missa.
"Having the opportunity to play with Missa for two years was a blessing. Not only is she my best friend, she's also the best teammate. We especially had a lot of fun this season. Everytime I would have an assist to her it would feel great since we've played together forever."
Joyclie speaks of the families' history with basketball with deep feelings. "Basketball is a very big deal in our family, and the three Webb girls have loved being Delta Lady Panthers."
For Missa, "Skylyn and my dad have been huge role models for me in basketball. I traveled to thousands of gyms to watch Sky play, and that being me someday, felt like a thousand years away.
"Playing with Joyclie has been such an amazing and fun experience. We have so much chemistry on the court that we can communicate, and make plays, without even having to say anything."
Siblings don't always see things in the same light notes Missa. "Even if we're in a fight at home, the second we start playing basketball together it all goes away."
The game's intracacies and a learning process extends even farther through Missa and Joyclie's relationship. "Joyclie is always pushing me and motivating me to do my best, and she will be missed by everyone as the point guard. Basketball has created an unbreakable bond between my sisters and I."
Skylyn went on to play basketball for Ft. Lewis College in Durango and also excelled in track for the Sky Hawks.
Both Joyclie and Missa contributed in many ways to the success of Delta's run to the round of 32 in this year's 3A post-season play.
Jim and Willyn Webb are the parents of a mini- basketball tradition in Delta, Colorado.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.