Macey Hollenshead
Macey Hollenshead
The Southern Fulton Indians girls basketball team is off to a perfect start.

Its vast array of weapons is highlighted by junior Macey Hollenshead, the Public Opinion female athlete of the week.

Hollenshead had double-doubles in both the Indians' key victories this week. They beat two Sideling Hill League teams in Tussey Mountain, 54-39, and Everett, 65-45.

On Tuesday, Hollenshead had a fine game against Tussey Mountain, picked up a season-high 22 points and adding 11 assists. She also had a team-leading three steals.

Then Hollenshead upped the ante on Thursday versus Everett, scoring 11 points and 15 assists, pulling down six rebounds and adding seven steals.

After her performance last year, it's no surprise that Hollenshead is Southern Fulton's leading scorer, but coach Terry Bard said he has been most pleased with her ability as a playmaker.

"Everybody knows she can score, but she wants to also find the open girls," Bard said. "If somebody's close to the back or she thinks somebody can get a lane to the hoop, they better be ready for a pass because she's going to get it to them."

Hollenshead has matured into quite the team-player, and she said she attributes most of her success to the chemistry she has formed with her squad.

"We've been playing for so long now, it just makes it a lot easier," she said. "I know where they're going to be, and I just know my teammates really well. I couldn't get those assists without them, and experience is just the main reason for that."

Hollenshead spends a lot of time in the offseason working on her basketball skills. She travels to Altoona several times a week for camps as well as going to tournaments on the weekends. With the Southern Fulton team, she participates in several shootouts during the summer as well.

"We've put in a bunch of work in the summer together, so we were already ahead of the game," Hollenshead said of the Indians' 6-0 start. "That just carried on into the season."

Bard said he is not surprised by Hollenshead's success this season, but he is extremely happy with her assist count. The junior is score more than 16 points per game while still is averaging nearly 10 assists.

"With her being able to do that, teams can't focus on her," Bard said. "Everybody's a threat whenever she's handling the ball."

That's exactly what Hollenshead wants to do - make her team better. Her personal statistics are just an added bonus.

"Personally, I just want to make my presence felt enough to help our team get where it wants to go," Hollenshead said.

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Lizi Arbogast can be reached at 262-4788 or larbogast@publicopinionnews.com.

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Macey Hollenshead, Southern Fulton

Name: Macey Hollenshead

Sport: Girls basketball

Grade: Junior

Parents: Joe and Heather Hollenshead

Interests: Hollenshead also participates in cross country, track and goes golfing with her friends occasionally.

Surprising fact: Her favorite drink is chocolate milk.

Favorite college team: Penn State.

Athlete most admired: Alex Bentley.

Most influential person in athletic career: Darlene DeShong, her elementary coach, and her father.

Statistics: This week, Hollenshead had a double-double in both Indians' victories. She had 22 points and 11 assists in Tuesday's victory over Tussey Mountain and 11 points and 15 assists in a 65-45 defeat of Everett.