2013-02-13 / Sports

SF Lady Indian Scores 1,000th Career Point

Hollenshead a contender on the court
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Pictured above, left: varsity coach Terry Bard, Macey and her parents, Heather and Joe Hollenshead. Pictured above, left: varsity coach Terry Bard, Macey and her parents, Heather and Joe Hollenshead. NEWS EDITOR

A contender on the court, Macey Hollenshead traces her start in the game back to first grade when she began participating in elementary basketball. Years later her dedication to the game as well as her teammates paid off as her name has joined the ranks of an elite group of athletes in the county who have broken the 1,000 point mark.

To those who have followed the 16- year- old guard over the years, the fact Hollenshead would reach 1,000 career points came as no shock last Tuesday night. In fact, with only seven points needed to hit that plateau, Hollenshead reached and surpassed that figure with a whopping 21 points, four rebounds, nine assists and seven steals against Southern Huntingdon.

In the days following the milestone, Hollenshead, the daughter of Needmore residents Joe and Heather Hollenshead, told the “News” achieving 1,000 career points was never her focus and therefore didn’t result in any extra, undue pressure.

“ It was an added bonus to go along with playing the game,” she admits. “My goal has been helping my team reach the highest places we can go. I’m very blessed with what God has given me, and my team and I are giving everything we have to play this wonderful game.”

Hearing the roar of the crowd as she sunk that needed trey brought Hollenshead much satisfaction. “I was just happy to share the experience with all of the people who have supported our team throughout the years. When the three-pointer went through and the crowd went wild, I enjoyed seeing the joy from all of our supporters,” she noted.

Much like her teammates, Hollenshead is motivated by amassing an impressive winning record, which the Southern Fulton Lady Indians have done in abundance in recent years, winning both Sideling Hill League and the District 5-A championship titles. Hating to drop a match, she says she always does her best to make sure the losses are few and far between.

“I enjoy winning and having the time of our lives with my classmates,” Hollenshead said of her favorite aspect of the game. “ We also learn something new each day.”

“I attribute my success to my teammates because they keep me going and also my competitors because they give all they can to try to compete with me,” she stated.

With the 1,000 career point well behind her, Hollenshead is turning her attention to the remainder of the regular season play and playoffs. Hoping the Lady Indians will be best team they can be and give it their all every night, Hollenshead said the team wants to “leave everything on the court with no regrets.”

“I would like to thank every person who has attended one of our games. We love seeing new and familiar faces at games,” said Hollenshead, who went on to give a special thanks to elementary coach and special friend Darlene DeShong for her energy and support. “I also want to thank all all of my coaches and teammates because I could not achieve anything without them.”

A contender off the court as well, Hollenshead is an active member of the Southern Fulton student body being involved in the National Honor Society, Interact Club, Prom Committee, track and field, cross-country and elementary basketball. Only a junior, she has already set her sights on playing college basketball much like her idol, Alex Bentley of Penn State University.

“She is the quickest, smartest and the most exciting player to watch in women’s college basketball. Alex was willing to take time to play with me at camp and get to know me,” she concluded.

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