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March 14, 2013

CCS grad having success on college court

Freshman guard started 26 of 27 games for Express

Wells women’s basketball coach Mike O’Brien says he expects Cooperstown Central School graduate Holli Erkson to be in the news a lot during her college career.

“When you talk to (the Sports Information Department), make sure they put you on the (press) list,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of news about Holli. Obviously, we expect her to be a four-year starter for us.”

O’Brien is already 25 percent correct. Erkson, a 2012 CCS graduate, started all but one game for the Express this season, helping the team to the North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs for the first time in the program’s three-year history.

Although Erkson is a more of a natural shooting guard, she started the first half of the season at point guard because of an injury to starting point guard Jessilyn Artaho-Aki. When Artaho-Aki returned, Erkson started the second half of the season at the two-guard spot.

“She’s a really heady player,” O’Brien said. “She made the transition to college basketball very quickly. The second half of the year, when she got settled in her natural position, she really shot well from behind the three-point line.”

Erkson was the second-leading scorer for the Express with 11.6 points per game. She led the team in three-point-shooting percentage at 32.1 percent, was second on the team in steals with 1.8 per game and first in assists with 3.4 per game. Despite being 5-foot-2, she was also third on the team in rebounds with 4.8 per game.

Erkson also tied the team’s single-game records for three-point baskets and assists in a game making five threes on Feb. 2 against St. Elizabeth, and getting eight assists against Penn St.-Harrisburg on Jan. 12.

“I definitely wasn’t expecting (to contribute so quickly),” Erkson said. “I think playing college basketball is so different than playing in high school. All the girls on the team and our coaches were so helpful in helping me make the transition.

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