Tom Mix, Published February 09 2014
Trio setting records for Oak Grove
Proof can be found in the Grovers’ record book, which has required revision this season.
Holt, Osmundson and Kelley have each achieved individual career milestones this winter and more records could be broken before the season concludes.
“They are a special group,” Oak Grove head coach Mike Forsberg said. “They have been breaking quite a few records this year. That is longevity and speaks to their dedication. They come ready to play.”
“It has been a lot fun,” Osmundson said of playing with Holt and Kelley. “We play a lot 3-on-3 in the summer and spring. We do a lot of things outside of basketball separately, but it is great to come together in the gym knowing basketball is what connects us.”
Holt broke the school’s career assists record earlier this year and currently sits at 1,217 career points – 120 shy of Jamie Stensgard’s school record.
Osmundson eclipsed the 1,000 points milestone a week ago and Kelley currently holds the school record for blocked shots. Kelley also is only four rebounds away from breaking Stacy Hildreth’s career rebounds record of 740.
“I think we have grown together,” Kelley said. “The milestones we have achieved show the experience our team has and the talent we have. It is not just one player doing it all. Everyone is contributing.”
Four years of chemistry has played a role in each player’s success. Kelley transferred to Oak Grove from Moorhead Park Christian her freshman year and immediately caught on with Holt and Osmundson, who have played on the Grovers varsity team since they were in eighth grade.
The trio has also played for three different head coaches in the last three seasons.
“It has been a journey,” Holt said. “We have worked hard from the beginning and that has led us to all our individual accomplishments as well as team accomplishments.”
When one player achieves, the whole team celebrates. Just ask Osmundson, who was swarmed by teammates when she became the fifth player in school history to join the 1,000-point scoring club.
“I knew it was coming up,” Osmundson said of the milestone. “I ended up scoring quickly in the game and then it happened. I heard some loud cheers, but the game kept going. Then they stopped the game randomly, which was really awkward, but then the team came out and gave me a group hug. It was awesome.”
Holt said the career points record has been in the back of her mind as the regular season nears an end, but is keeping it in perspective.
“I think it is important for me to remember that I need to look to score to help the team as much as I can,” Holt said. “With that comes the potential to break the record.”
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