HOLT – The more Doug Harkema thinks and talks about it, the more ridiculous he finds it.
The other members of his Holt girls basketball team are just as amazed by what their senior leader Kamrin Reed has accomplished on the court.
The latest milestone reached by Reed came recently when she surpassed 1,000 career points in a victory over Okemos. The Western Michigan-bound guard became the sixth girls basketball player at Holt to reach the milestone.
And she did it despite missing her junior season with an ACL injury.
“I don’t know how she did it in three years,” Holt senior Abby Waldrop said. “It’s absolutely amazing. I don’t know how she did it. I just give her all the praise in the world. It was super exciting.”
Harkema, who has coached five 1,000-point scorers at Holt, knows that milestone is tough to achieve. And with Reed doing it in 62 varsity games and coming off an ACL injury, he’s been impressed.
It’s also been impressive to Reed, who was shocked when she reached the milestone.
“It wasn’t on my mind to get there,” said Reed, who has 1,040 career points in 64 games. “People tell you 1,000 points is such a big deal, but obviously I missed a year and it wasn’t something that was on my mind.
“It’s hard to believe, but just knowing everything I’ve been through and I’ve still been able to leave my mark at this school (is great). I love Holt and everything about it, so knowing that I’ve been able to leave my mark here — it’s a good feeling.”
As excited as Reed is about etching her place in Holt history, she’s also thrilled about the way her team has grown this season. The Rams are 9-9 after winning just two of their first seven games and could earn a share of the CAAC Blue title if they get help and win their final two contests this week.
“It’s awesome to look to where we are at the beginning of the season to where we are now,” Reed said. “I don’t think we’ve won a non-league game this year, which was a problem for us at the beginning of the year. We got off to a pretty hard losing start. It was that we weren’t playing together and no one was talking and everybody wanted to try to do it by themselves.
“If you look at where we came from and where we are now, we’ve worked so hard to get in the position where we are. Everybody knows it wasn’t given to us and we had to work to get here. Everyone knows we have to work to stay where we are.”
Harkema believes Reed has been a big part in the growth made by the Rams, who have won six of nine entering the final week of the regular season.
“She’s starting to get to be her best again right now,” Harkema said. “The last month she is really close to herself and what we saw before (the injury). She loves the game. No one is going to strive to get back on the floor from an injury like that unless they really love the game. She loves the game and she plays with a love and a passion and wants to be the best. That’s special. Not many people have that.”
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