Cobbers receive bushel of talent
Next fall, Concordia College in Moorhead will receive one of this year's most talented West Fargo seniors.
Katelyn Holland verbally committed to the Cobbers approximately two months ago, she said. Recruiters came calling, and after a campus visit, she decided it was a good fit.
"It's close and I really like the setup of the campus," Holland said during a recent interview. "And the basketball coaches were really, really nice. I really like their style of basketball."
Concordia recruiters contacted Holland at the end of her senior season of volleyball. Other schools gunning for her basketball skills included Valley City, Jamestown and Mayville State. Wahpeton, Wisconsin Stout and Mayville recruited Holland for volleyball, she said.
Holland said her parents are happy she decided to stay close to home.
"They are excited to come and watch games," she said.
West Fargo girls basketball coach Barb Metcalf said Holland is a utility player who can pick up on a position's nuances quickly.
This type of versatility should bode well for the Cobbers.
"When we went and talked to the coaches, they said I'd probably be in more of three spot like small forward, or two spot like a shooting guard; something I've done for a while," Holland said.
No matter where she plays, Holland stands a chance to make an impact.
The Packers are undefeated through their first four games this season. It can be said with some certainty that West Fargo MVP Holland had a big hand in this.
Besides being a two-time All-Eastern Dakota Conference basketball player, Holland currently leads West Fargo in points (64 total, 16 per game) and rebounds (27), and is tied with Hanna Schnepf for assists (17).
In their latest game, the Packers handily defeated Valley City on the road 74-30. West Fargo was ahead 33-17 at the half and never let up. Though it was sophomore Lexi Lennon who lead the charge with a game-high 16 points and 9 rebounds, Holland was right there with her, hitting two 3-pointers and putting up 14 points and 7 rebounds.
In all respects, the Packers are having a stellar start to their season, especially when compared with last year. Holland thinks she knows why.
"We played a lot of basketball this summer, and had a lot of camps and practice," she said. "I think we were just more prepared this year. We kind of knew what was coming in the EDC. A lot of girls we've been playing against have been there for a while."
Besides the offseason work, Holland said leadership has been strong on the court.
"We have a lot of younger girls playing this year. ... I think they look up to their seniors," she said. "Our seniors are doing a very good job of taking the role of (leader)."
Coming off a few days of rest, the Packers will get a chance to see what the rest of the season holds. They will be out west for two days, first to play at Bismarck Century at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and then at Bismarck St. Mary's at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
To come home with wins, the Packers will have to force the pace, and play their style of basketball, Holland said.
"Century is ranked No. 1 in the West and they have a lot of good girls," Holland said "I think we'll have to ... do what we know how to do.
"And St. Mary's has been surprising some people, and we'll have to come out strong against them."
There still is a lot of time between now and the end of the season, but for Holland, her senior year has been a blur.
"I'm excited," she said. "I feel like pretty soon I'll be getting ready for graduation."