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Girls basketball: Bishop Manogue's Holt family turns game into labor of love

12:00 AM, Dec. 23, 2012 EST

Manogue's Brianna Holt tries to get the ball from North Valley's Haley Bowen last season at Manogue High School. / Liz Margerum/RGJ File

Basketball is a way of life for Bishop Manogue's Brianna Holt. It encompasses her entire year. Her goals revolve around it. It's a family affair. It's in her blood.

For Holt, her family life has shaped her as a player. With parents who also are coaches, dinner table critiques of her game have helped the 16-year-old become one of the Miners' best players.

"We'll be at dinner and they'll be like, 'Hey, you know what? You should have taken that layup,'" she said. "I almost learn more at home than on the court."

Holt's parents, Craig and Jamie, met because of basketball. Craig was on the men's team at Loyola Marymount, while Jamie played for the women's squad. The lifelong love of the game led the duo to coach their oldest daughter, Brianna, as head and assistant coaches at Manogue.

The sophomore guard is forced to deal with her parents' high expectations, but she understands the reasons for it.

"It's definitely hard," she said. "They are really the only reason I am good. I can't thank them enough for pushing me. They push me harder than everyone else in the gym, but I think that helps me."

The two coaches both admit the expectations they have for their daughter are a little different than the rest of the team.

"In all reality, I probably treat her a little harder," Craig said.

"We definitely do it," Jamie added. "Even the other teammates have brought it to our attention. With that being said, if we see a certain standard with anyone on the team, it's our job to make sure they meet that expectation."

The family has tried to leave basketball in the gym and separate it from life at home, but it always spills over. It's just who they are, and Brianna wouldn't have it any other way.

"Craig and I always said the minute we leave the gym, we're not going to talk about it," Jamie said. "She's (Brianna) the one that comes to us, and says, 'What do I do and how did I do it wrong and what should I have done differently?'"

The parents find different ways of answering these and other questions. For Craig, it's about the overall message and the expectations he has for his daughter, and Jamie is there to fill in all the details.

"My mom is more nitpicky on what little tiny things I do wrong, where my dad is my broad game," Brianna said. "In the offseason, he expects me to be in there running. Making my shots. Having my head in the game when it really counts. He expects more from me because he knows I can do it and I can handle it."

The entanglement means the highs are very high when the family is able to celebrate together after big wins. It also means the lows of losing are a lot tougher.

"That's really hard," Brianna said. "I feel like sometimes they're still my coaches when we go home."

"We've had a rule at our house for a long time," Craig said. "If there's something you want to talk about then we ask each other, 'Are you ready to talk about it?', and usually spend five or 10 minutes talking about it and sometimes tears are shed. Then, it's time to move on."

The Holt family hasn't had many difficult talks this year as the Miners have started the season 5-0.

For Brianna, that means a chance to meet and exceed the higher expectations from her coaches and a shot at the postseason.




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