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Prep Girls Basketball: Forge’s Holland gets locked in on 3-pointers
COLONIAL FORGE TOO MUCH FOR
BY JIM SWING
THE FREE LANCE–STAR
THE FREE LANCE–STAR
Kenya Holland isn’t your run-of-the-mill deep threat.
Colonial Forge’s sharp-shooting junior guard doesn’t spend hours in the gym after practice, putting up shot after shot from behind the 3-point line.
She nonchalantly talks about her range like it’s not a big deal.
When she’s torching the opposition with her mid-game with her range, Holland sometimes doesn’t even realize it.
Perhaps most importantly, Holland doesn’t limit her game to just beyond the perimeter; instead, she works to expand her skills in all facets.
“I really try to be good in all areas,” Holland said. “Not just one.”
But on a day when Colonial Forge looked sloppy—even in a 67–38 rout of Fredericksburg Christian—Holland’s 3-point shooting shone through as the game’s difference-maker.
Holland hit six 3-pointers and led Colonial Forge with a game-high 20 points to help the Eagles clinch their fourth straight victory.
She has now hit nine 3-pointers in the past two games since being held scoreless against Mountain View over a week ago.
It was Holland who got Colonial Forge started by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers early in the first quarter to give the Eagles a 10–6 advantage.
Colonial Forge put together a 12–0 run near the end of the first quarter that stretched into the beginning of the second quarter.
Holland scored 11 of Colonial Forge’s 18 second-quarter points as the Eagles began to run away with the game.
“She’s such a good deep shooter,” Colonial Forge head coach Michelle Darley said. “She was really good today.”
Holland was the spark plug that ignited a second-quarter run, which led to a 16-point Colonial Forge lead at the half.
The Eagles defense held Fredericksburg Christian in the third quarter to just three points, which came on a traditional three-point play by Brittany Burton in the last play of the quarter.
In the midst of a sloppy fourth quarter for Colonial Forge, Holland sank her sixth and final 3-pointer of the game, a back-breaker from deep to put the Eagles ahead by 22 points.
“Sometimes when she’s shooting I don’t even think about going for the rebound,” Colonial Forge junior forward Jahla Osborne said. “Because I always think it’s going in.”
Osborne, Colonial Forge’s leading scorer, finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks.
Zhane Barnes added 10 and Nichole Collins had eight for Colonial Forge.
Fredericksburg Christian was paced by Brianna Clarkson, who hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 19 points.
Colonial Forge (9–2, 7–0) hosts Hylton in the tournament semifinals today, while Fredericksburg Christian faces James Monroe.
Colonial Forge 18 18 12 19 — 67
Fred. Christian 8 12 3 15 — 38
Colonial Forge (9–2, 7–0): Zhane Barnes 10, Sydney Bell 0, Kara Campbell 2, Nichole Collins 8, Taylor Deskins 2, Ryan Holland 4, Kenya Holland 20, Jahla Osborne 11, Bri Sullivan 6, Nia Washington 4. Totals: 26 7-13 67
Fredericksburg Christian: Brienne Brannen 0, Brittney Burton 13, Briana Clarkson 19, Chelsea Dennis 2, Sophie Jiang 0, Grace Mills 0, Marnie Streeter 2. Totals: 14 6-12 36
Three-point goals: Colonial Forge 8 (Z. Barnes 2, K. Holland 6). Fredericksburg Christian 2 (B. Clarkson 2).
Jim Swing: 540/374-5440