Walnut Ridge senior Bailey Augustine (front, center) signs her letter of intent to play basketball at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Among those on hand for her signing were (front, from left), her parents, Donna Augustine and John Augustine; (back) WRHS coach Michael Middlebrooks and assistant coach Shane Duncan.

Walnut Ridge High School basketball standout Bailey Augustine has committed to continue her career with the Lady Bulldogs at Union University in Jackson, Tenn.

Augustine said she was both relieved and scared after recently signing her letter of intent.

“It is relieving because all my hard work has paid off, but scary because I’ll be three hours away and playing against bigger and better opponents,” she said.

Augustine was named All-State both her sophomore and junior years with the Lady Bobcats and was the top scorer in Arkansas during the 2019-20 season. Other honors include All-State Tournament Team and Top 5 in 3A.

Competing in state was a highlight for Augustine, with getting to stay in a hotel with her teammates being a bonus.

“Teams are not normally in a place staying all night together, and it was really important to me because we learned a little more about each other and had a lot of fun and memories,” she said. “We also were one of the only basketball teams to go to state, so we were making Walnut Ridge history, as well.”

She said her time at Walnut Ridge has taught her to depend on herself and her team.

“When the team was having a bad night, I had to step up and score and do everything I could to get a win at the end of the day,” she said. “However, when my team was doing well, I learned how to make open shots for players and work in my other abilities.”

She learned a lot off the court, as well.

“Outside of basketball, I learned how to time manage considering I had a huge schedule from basketball, homework, clubs and getting my younger brother, Ethan, to practices and events.”

She said her family has also been instrumental in her success.

“I always had a stable and amazing relationship with my family and could reach out for help if I needed to,” she said. “My family pushed me and worked with me ever since I was young and I could never see the opportunities that I see before me now if not for them.”

Augustine is the daughter of John and Donna Augustine. She has two brothers, Clayton, a 2017 graduate of WRHS, and Ethan, who is a 10th-grader at Walnut Ridge. She is the granddaughter of Audrey Meeks, Pat Augustine and Whayne Augustine.

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