Benton signings

Benton seniors Gabby Fuller and Jayde Williams grab pens to sign their national letters of intent to play basketball at Johnson County Community College Friday at Benton High School.

Jayde Williams and Gabby Fuller will spend a little more time as teammates.

The pair of Benton seniors put pen to paper on Friday to officially sign their national letters of intent to play basketball at Johnson County Community College.

“It’s great because Gabby has been my best friend since freshman year,” Williams said. “Getting to play with her is a great opportunity.”

The two took a visit to the campus together and that’s what ultimately sealed the deal.

“The day we went on a visit together, we just looked at each other like this is the place for us,” Fuller said.

The pair of Benton guards will go to one of the most successful basketball programs in the NJCAA. In 2015, the Cavaliers captured a national championship. Last season, JCCC was 27-5.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” Williams said. “I’m just looking forward to the opportunity to just working hard and get to where I want to be.”

Willams’ older sister, Kylee, played at JCCC after graduating from Benton. The older of the Williams sisters now plays for the Griffons at Missouri Western.

Both Fuller and Williams were part of a successful run for the Benton Cardinals, which began during their freshman season when Benton captured a state championship.

With a winning culture on the south side in a program that is known for its defensive toughness and identity, Cavaliers coach Ben Conrad is eager to see how the two former Cardinals grow through college basketball.

“They are winners,” Conrad said. “They’ve done nothing but win. They are competitive kids, they are high character kids and they’ve been coached at a really high level in high school.”