MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013
Sister, Sister: Holliday’s battle for the first time
Britney (left) faces her older sister Ashley (right) tonight in Swisher Gym.
Britney (left) faces her older sister Ashley (right) tonight in Swisher Gym.
They shared a lot growing up, but tonight siblings Britney (Jacksonville) and Ashley (Kennesaw State) Holliday will stand on opposite sides of the court when their teams meet in Swisher Gym at 7 p.m.

After playing on the same teams growing up, Ashley, a senior at Kennesaw State, and Britney, a sophomore with the Dolphins, will face each other for the first time since entering college. Last year, this battle was delayed because of injuries, making this contest filled with different emotions.

“I am very nervous,” Britney said. “I am nervous because (last year) when we player her, I didn’t play and then she tore her ACL. I don’t how I feel about playing against her.”

“I am very excited to play against my little sister,” Ashley said. “We have both worked hard to this point. It’s been our goal to play at this level. Win or lose, it’s going to be good for our family.”

The sisters both starred at JL Mann High School in Greenville, S.C. They played together when Britney was freshman and helped the Patriots win the state title. As Ashley moved on to Kennesaw State, Britney later earned all-state honors as a junior en route to being named one of the top five players in South Carolina in her senior season.

When it came to choosing a college, Britney chose a different A-Sun destination. Despite not going to Kennesaw State, Ashley was supportive and gave advice during Britney’s process.

“She was very, very happy,” Britney said when Ashley learned she picked JU. “Overall, she said make sure you talk to the coaches about everything and make sure you honestly talk to your teammates first. Ask all of the questions you can to your teammates because they are going to be very honest. That helped me a lot. She was very positive about the whole situation.”

Ashley added some more advice to Britney to keep her on the right path.

“I was very straight forward with her,” Ashley said. “Overall, I told her that playing (college basketball) was never going to be easy. You have to compete and work hard at it every day.”

Britney has definitely taken her sister’s advice after battling through injuries in her first two seasons with the Dolphins.

This season, Britney has scored in seven games off the bench and pulled down 10 of her 12 rebounds in the last six contests she has played.

Ashley is currently third on the Owls in scoring (10.0) which leads to competitiveness they say might come out tonight.

“We were very competitive growing up,” Ashley said. “We couldn’t even guard each other at times because we would get so mad.”

“Yes (laughs), it was horrible back then but we got over it,” Britney recalled on their heated hoops battles. “When I would steal the basketball in practice, we wouldn’t talk for the rest of the day. It was really competitive.”

The competitiveness has also led to a difference in opinion of who mom, Michelle, will cheer for Monday.

“Not sure (laughs),” Ashley said on who Mom is rooting for. “Last year, she called us the week of the game and wished us good luck. I know she just wants to see both of us do well.”

“She is (nervous),” Britney said. “But then again she is going to be rooting hard for Ashley. I am going to be rooting hard for her (Ashley) too, but at the same time ‘Let’s go JU’.”

Regardless of the result, the Holliday family will walk away the winners Monday night in Swisher Gym.