Emma Holst

February 06, 2019 08:42 PM

(ABC 6 News) – In Hayfield, one senior’s game has blossomed late in her high school girls’ basketball career—over the weekend, that senior took her game to a whole new level.

Hayfield Vikings senior guard Emma Holst has a simple offensive game—it’s lay-ups and three-pointers.


“She’s not afraid to attack the basket, and for a 5’5 girl, she’s our second-leading rebounder,” Hayfield head coach Kasey Krekling said. “(For three-pointers) Emma puts a lot of time into shooting. We all know that she’s done it in practice, she can have a great practice and get on a roll, and that’s what happened on Saturday (in the game) against Randolph.”

On Saturday, Holst ate her pregame meal—typically noodles to “get the carbs in”—and followed that up by putting together the headlining performance in Minnesota high school girls’ hoops.

“I was excited to play, and then I started knocking down shots right away and I kept going,” Holst recalled.

“There was a point in the first half, four or five minutes left, one of my assistants coaches turned to me and said ‘Emma has scored 27 points,’ and I said ‘wow,’,” Krekling added “I realized she had scored a lot, but I didn’t realize it was that many.”

“(Assistant coach Fred Kindschy) pulled me aside and said ‘you’re having a game,’ and I was like ‘ok,’” Holst said. “I had no idea how many points I had. I was just going with the flow and playing basketball.”

In an 88-33 win over Randolph on Saturday, Holst finished with a girls’ school record 44 points, and she also made a school record 11 three-point field goals—tied for second-most in a game in Minnesota state high school basketball history (Hayfield hit 17 three-point field goals as a team, tied for 6th in state history).

“It was a blur, man! I want to go back and watch the video and see how it was,” Holst said. “I know everyone was super excited, but I was just in the zone playing basketball.”

Prior to Saturday, Holst said her previous career scoring high in a basketball game was 22 points.

“It was unreal. I didn’t know what to think,” Holst said. “I didn’t even think it was possible that I could do that.”

Holst said she has an unorthodox shooting form—but if it’s not broke, it’s not worth fixing.

“It’s different,” Holst acknowledged. “(Krekling) was saying in practice the other day that…while we were talking about shooting and everything…how our form needs to be the same every time. I’ve always been doing that, it works for me, and I’m not going to change it.”

For an encore performance on Monday against J-W-P, Holst scored 25 points—she hit seven three-point field goals. Holst may never reach historical numbers in a game again, but she can’t ever be counted out.

“I don’t know if I can (do that again), but I will try,” Holst said. “I’ll just go out and give it my all I guess.”


Sean Tehan

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