Triple-double the highlight of a hot week for Holmes


Published: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
For the second time this season, a member of the Union County girls basketball team has been named player of the week.
Union County senior center Tiffany Holmes had a very impressive three games this week. In a win against Baker County, Holmes scored 21 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and recorded four steals. Against Keystone Heights, she led all scorers with 14.
But on Tuesday against Interlachen, she had the game of her high school career. She scored 36 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and stole the ball 10 times for her first-ever triple-double.
"I really didn't realize that she was that far along until late in the fourth quarter," Union County coach Perry Davis said. "It was a good game for her."
Holmes helped the team pull away from a pesky Interlachen team with 11 fourth-quarter points to give her team the victory.
"She was just steady all through the game," Davis said.
Most people don't think of centers being able to gather a lot of steals, but Holmes is not your typical center. At 5-foot-8, she's much faster than most post players. Davis said she also has great court vision and can anticipate passes. Add to that a quick first step and you have a center unlike most in the area.
Holmes also displays a great deal of versatility. She uses her speed to get around bigger, but slower players. She also has the ability to step out and hit the 3. Her versatility makes the low post duo of Holmes and Amber Franzluebbers (the other player of the week nominee) tough to contain.
"They're just a great team down low," Davis said. "If you shut one down, the other one picks up the pace."
Perhaps the most impressive part of Holmes' success this year (she's averaging 14.8 points and 9.9 rebounds a game) is the lack of experience she has on the varsity level. She played on the junior varsity team as a freshman, and then didn't play during her sophomore and junior seasons.
"She's really having to work hard to pick up a lot of the team concepts, but she's learned a lot and she works very hard," Davis said.
She also has an infectious personality. Davis said that she is always smiling and making her teammates laugh.
"It's just really hard to get her down," Davis said.
-Daniel ShanksBoys Basketball DURRELL HENRY, TRENTON - In a 53-48 win against Lafayette, the sophomore scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Girls Soccer EMILY SHORE, OAK HALL - In an 8-0 win over Fort White, the sophomore midfielder scored five goals. Shore also scored a goal and added an assist in a 2-2 tie against Orange Park St. John's Country Day. Shore leads the team in scoring with 28 goals and 10 assists.
Boys Soccer ROCCO SEMENTELLI, OAK HALL - The senior goalkepper, who was pressed into duty because starting goalie Jeremy Parker tore his ACL, made nine saves in two victories. He also recorded a shutout. In five games, Sementelli has only allowed four goals.
Wrestling CHASE ROUNTREE, GAINESVILLE - At the Flagler Rotary Invitational over the weekend, a tournament that consisted of 32 teams, Rountree, a 112-lb. sophomore, dominated some top flight competition. He won his weight class, going 5-0, including three pins. He recorded the most number of pins in the least amount of time of any weight class.
Honorable mention Girls Basketball Simone Durden, Newberry - The freshman center scored 20 points and pulled down 25 rebounds in a 47-33 victory over Hawthorne.
Natalie Land, Lafayette - Land scored 29 points as the Hornets defeated Trenton 66-23.
Crystal Johnson, P.K. Yonge - In a 67-54 win over Chiefland, Johnson led all scorers with 29 points.
Margaret Brown, Williston - The sophomore point guard scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 51-30 win over Interlachen.
Latoya Williams, Eastside - In a 54-20 win over city rival Gainesville, the senior led her team with 15 points, 15 rebounds and five steals to help the Rams improve to 19-1.
  • Boys Basketball Jiwan James, Williston - The junior scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Red Devils' 75-57 win over Fort White.
    Girls Soccer Lauren Firmat, Oak Hall - The senior midfielder scored the tying goal against Orange Park St. John's Country Day. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.
    Nikki Collins, Buchholz - The senior midfielder scored four goals in an 8-0 win over P.K. Yonge to give Collins the school scoring record with 89 goals.
    Liz Harlan, Eastside - In a 3-0 win over Suwannee, Harlan scored two first-half goals.
    n Golf Karsten Derendorf, Oak Hall - The senior defender scored his first two goals of the season on corner kicks. He scored one in a 7-0 win against St. John Lutheran and another in the 8-0 win over St. Joseph's Academy.
    Dustin Hayre, Keystone Heights - In a 4-0 win over Fort White, Hayre scored two goals and an assist.
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