Maggie Nelson, a 5-foot-4 senior shooting guard for Holdrege, tied the state record for 3-pointers with 11 and finished with a career-high 33 points against Southern Valley last weekend. Her previous high was six. She averages 13.9 points a game and 4.3 3-pointers for the No. 7 Dusters, 9-1. Nelson competes despite tearing her ACL three times. She played last season with a torn meniscus.
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Q: Did you know you were chasing the state record?
A: No. I thought the record was 13.
Q: Were teammates feeding you the ball or was it just the flow of the game?
A: Since they were double-teaming (post) Rachel (Jelden), I was open for a lot of shots.
Q: Do you practice your 3-point shooting a lot?
A: In the summer is when we work on our shooting. I went five times a week to the Y. I shot probably a 100 3-pointers a day.
Q: What is your pregame warmup?
A: I do form shooting, 10 times each hand. I grab a ball and shoot up against the wall and make sure my arch is right. In warmups (that night), I didn’t make very many shots. My first shot I drained it. I could feel it.
Q: What do like about shooting the 3?
A: After you make one, the crowd goes crazy, and it gets you going.
Q: How did the crowd react Saturday?
A: They were crazy. Even the away side was clapping and cheering.
Q: Do you have a favorite player?
A: Candace Parker. She went to my favorite school, which is Tennessee. She’s an all-around player, and she’s gone through hardships.
Q: What hardships have you gone through?
A: I’ve torn my ACL three times. I did one in fifth grade, did my other two my freshman and sophomore year. In my junior year, I tore my meniscus but I still played on it.
Q: You’ve spent 15 months rehabbing your knees yet you don’t wear a brace. What do you do to protect your knees?
A: I rehab strong, and I work out my legs a lot.
Q: Do you worry about it while you’re playing?
A: I don’t really think about it. I just play.
Q: Why do you keep coming back?
A: Because I love the game.
— Marjie Ducey