Forging her own path

Garrett Short
Created: February 12, 2020 11:10 PM

(ABC 6 Sports) - Malia Nelson has taken the proverbial torch from her sister Madison, continuing Dover-Eyota's success on the basketball court.

The Eagles have seen plenty of success in the past few years, including a state title in 2015. In the stands watching her sister Madison lift the state champion plaque was Malia. Fast forward five years and Madison is wreaking havoc for the University of Denver basketball team. Back in Minnesota, Malia is wearing the same number 23 that Madison used to wear and leading the Eagles to a Three Rivers Conference title.

"She's a great rebounder for us, gets lots of steals, hands on everything. Just a tremendous athlete," Head Coach Brian Harris said.

Despite being nearly 900 miles apart, Madison has played her part in shaping the player and person Malia is becoming.

"She's definitely my best friend," Malia said. "I talk to her all the time. She gives me help with anything I need. She's like my little coach from far away."

Both Madison and Malia are leading their teams in scoring this season. While their games are different, there are still plenty of comparisons made.

"I get told before games to 'go have a game, go play like your sister.' In my head, when I was younger, that used to get to me. And I'd be like, 'I'm not my sister.' But now I take it as such a compliment. People see me as I'm capable of what my sister could do," Malia said.

Malia isn't trying to follow in her sister's footsteps, but she is trying to win a state title like Madison.

The Eagles finish out their regular season Friday against Chatfield.


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